Apparently, however, Davis couldn't live with a 2012 report citing the Mets were concerned about his nightlife habits. Davis had to encounter the topic when he met with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle after he was traded last year.
“Clint asked me about it when I first got over there,” Davis said, per the New York Daily News. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what to tell you, but a guy made up an article.’
“He was like, ‘I heard you’ve had issues.” And I was like, ‘Issues with what? I’ve never gotten in trouble. I’ve never gotten in a fight. I’ve never done anything to anyone. Yeah, I’ve gone out and had beers and stuff, but who hasn’t done that?’ I don’t know why I got singled out.”
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Davis at the end of last season he would squash any rumors regarding the issue, calling the report "ridiculous" after Davis proved to be a model teammate in 2014.
Still, Davis remains bothered the accusations are connected to his tenure with the Mets.
“That’s really the only thing that I still have a dirty taste in my mouth about," he said. "Because everything else, you could see it in numbers. What, am I going to argue? I didn’t play well. But as far as calling me out for drinking problems, and being a bad influence -- that was a joke. It’s ridiculous. But you can use it as a learning experience: You can’t trust people.”
"Valley fever is a nightmare," Davis said, per the San Jose Mercury News. "You have no energy, no nothing. It was definitely a weird one. It's supposed to go away on its own, but when I had an X-ray last year, it showed I still had it. I'm hoping that's over and done with."
Davis said he is feeling stronger than he has in several years, which could be a good sign. As of now, though, the plan is for Davis to start against right-handed pitchers, but if he gets off to a fast start, then more playing time could be in his future.
"I've got the opportunity to play here, and I've been excited since I got the word I was coming to Oakland," Davis said. "I want to be a tough out and a run producer, and when I'm in the lineup I can be that.
"The last two years haven't been great, but I'm feeling good now, and that's important. It's a good lineup to hit in too, with a lot of high on-base percentage guys, and that makes it easier."
The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder
In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.
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|vs Cueto (Career)||21||4||0||.238||.227||.190|
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