Matt Davidson

#40 DH / Texas Rangers / EXP: 4YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 230 lb Age: 28 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      Rangers' Matt Davidson: Sent to minors camp

      Matt Davidson was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.Davidson was in camp as a two-way player, though he was ultimately fighting to break camp in a utility role. Manager Chris Woodward said the Texas Rangers are more intrigued by Davidson as a hitter, so he'll primarily focus on his swing during his time with Triple-A Nashville, according to Grant. He hit .206/.325/.500 with three homers and a 3:14 BB:K in 15 Cactus League games (34 at-bats). There are currently no plans for Davidson to pitch in the minors.

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      Rangers' Matt Davidson: Pitches sim game

      Matt Davidson pitched in a simulated game Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.The Texas Rangers plan to have him throw another sim game early next week before having him pitch in a minor-league game, as they've backed off on their plan to have him pitch in the Cactus League. In addition to dabbling as a pitcher, Davidson is competing with infielder Logan Forsythe for a utility infielder role.

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      Rangers' Matt Davidson: Pitches again

      Matt Davidson threw a second bullpen session Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.The Texas Rangers anticipate the third baseman making at least two appearances in the Cactus League before the end of spring training. Manager Chris Woodward is serious about carrying eight relievers, which limits hitters off the bench. If Davidson can do a credible job as a reliever, he would effectively give the team a 26-man roster by serving as both a hitting and pitching option.

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      Rangers' Matt Davidson: Throws live BP

      Matt Davidson threw live batting practice Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.Davidson is a corner infielder by trade, but the Texas Rangers are auditioning him as a possible extra reliever. He made three appearances for the White Sox in 2018, delivering three scoreless innings. Three-fifths of the Rangers' projected starting rotation are returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, and manager Chris Woodward is considering carrying eight relievers early in case starters can't deep into games. If Davidson can be a credible arm out of the bullpen, that would allow Woodward to have seven traditional relievers while carrying a fourth backup position player.

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      Rangers' Matt Davidson: Lands in Texas

      Matt Davidson agreed to a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.Davidson talked about pursuing a two-way role with the White Sox before being non-tendered by the team in November, and it sounds as though the Rangers are interested in exploring that idea. The 27-year-old's .226/.295/.435 career line isn't good enough to earn regular at-bats for a player limited to the infield corners defensively, but if he can eat some innings out of the bullpen as well he'd likely deserve a roster spot. He's retired nine of the 11 batters he's faced in the big leagues thus far, though that sample is obviously far too small to conclude that he'll be a viable option on the mound.

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      Matt Davidson: Cut loose by White Sox

      The White Sox will not tender Matt 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.

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      White Sox's Matt Davidson: Exploring two-way role

      Matt Davidson will talk with the Chicago 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.

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      White Sox's Matt Davidson: Hits game-winner in extras

      Matt Davidson went 2-for-6 with an RBI in the Chicago 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.

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      White Sox's Matt Davidson: Returns to Saturday's lineup

      Matt 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.

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      White Sox's Matt Davidson: Health continues to improve

      Matt 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.