Davis was traded from the Astros to the Mets with infielder Cody Bohanek for infielder Luis Santana, outfielder Ross Adolph and catcher Scott Manea on Sunday. The 25-year-old spent time in both the majors and minors last season, but his numbers at Triple-A suggested he has gotten enough seasoning in the minors. Davis put up a .342/.406/.583 slash line, 17 home runs and 81 RBI with Fresno while seeing time at third base, first base, left field and right field. Davis could compete for a starting gig at one of the corner infield spots out of spring training. First base is a bit uncertain until Peter Alonso is ready for the majors and third base is occupied by a declining Todd Frazier.
Davis moved into the starting lineup at third base Friday as a replacement for shortstop Carlos Correa (back). He had one single in four trips to the plate. Correa will miss the entire three-game set against the Angels this weekend, so there will be opportunities available for bench players depending on the matchups. Against left-hander Andrew Heaney on Friday, the right-handed-hitting Davis started at third while Alex Bregman moved to shortstop. With right-hander Jaime Barria on the rubber Saturday, look for the switch-hitting Marwin Gonzalez at short with two among the group of Josh Reddick, Tony Kemp and Kyle Tucker the available lefties to join George Springer in the outfield.
Davis entered Friday's game after George Springer left with a shoulder injury and grounded out in his lone plate appearance. Davis played left field while Marwin Gonzalez slid from left to center. We would normally see Tony Kemp ahead of Davis, but he had been used as a pinch hitter earlier. If Springer sits out Saturday's game, expect Kemp, not Davis, to be in the starting lineup.
Davis was recalled by the Astros on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Davis appeared in 30 games for the Astros earlier in the season, hitting a disappointing .176/.247/.235. His numbers for Triple-A Fresno are far better, however, as he's hit .342/.406/.583 at that level. He's unlikely to be much more than a bench bat over the final month of the season unless the team suffers a sudden injury crisis.
Davis was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, Christian Boutwell of MLB.com reports. Davis will head to the minors after appearing in 13 games during his latest big-league stint. Since being recalled from Triple-A on July 20, he's gone just 6-for-40 with one RBI. In a corresponding move, Carlos Correa (back) is expected to be activated from the disabled list ahead of Friday's tilt against Seattle.