The White Sox will not tender Davidson a contract for 2019, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Davidson will hit the free-agent market after making $570,000 with Chicago this past season. Across 126 games, he hit .228/.319/.419 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI while spending time at first and third base in addition to the DH spot. Per James Fegan of The Athletic, Davidson was expected to talk with the organization about potentially taking on a pitching role, so that is something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Davidson will talk with the White Sox over the offseason to discuss whether a two-way role is a possibility, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Davidson has been a mediocre designated hitter this season, posting a .236/.329/.436 slash line with 20 homers. He's also made three pitching appearances, throwing three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk. He struck out a pair of batters while showing a 90 mph fastball, a changeup and a curve. The sample is far too small to conclude that Davidson is ready to be an effective pitcher, but if he's able to show that he can be used in low-leverage situations, it could at least help him stick on the roster. If the Sox do indeed elect to try Davidson in a two-way role, it could be the tiebreaker when deciding between him and another similarly uninspiring hitter in next year's fantasy drafts.
Davidson went 2-for-6 with an RBI in the White Sox's extra-innings win over the Indians on Thursday. Davidson's RBI single in the top of the 11th inning provided the winning margin. The 27-year-old slugger is getting regular at-bats with Jose Abreu (elbow) sidelined, so now is a good time to take advantage of the notoriously streaky Davidson.
Davidson (calf) will serve as designated hitter and bat seventh against the Orioles on Saturday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Davidson has been held out the last four games as he dealt with left calf soreness, although he was available to pinch hit the last two games. The 27-year-old was 1-for-13 with five strikeouts over his last four games before sitting with the injury.
Davidson (calf) is feeling better and is available off the bench again for Friday's series opener against Baltimore, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Davidson has been battling a sore left calf, and although he's yet to receive an at-bat since suffering the injury, he's trending in the right direction. Expect the 27-year-old third baseman to see action again over the weekend.