Davis officially retired from baseball Tuesday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.
Davis last played in the majors in 2016. Over parts of seven seasons spent with the Mets, Pirates, Athletics and Yankees, the first baseman hit .239/.332/.414 with 81 homers. Still just 31 years old, Davis had attempted a transition to the mound in the Arizona League in 2017 but was ultimately unable to work his way back to the big leagues.
Davis has transitioned from first base to pitching and has made three appearances for the Dodgers' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. He's tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and three walks while striking out five batters.
The Mets looked like they had a long-term solution at first base after Davis crushed 32 home runs for New York as a 25-year-old in 2012, but a subsequent downturn in his power production coupled with injuries and an inability to solve left-handed pitching ultimately stunted his development. After bouncing around six different organizations the last four seasons and showing little improvement with his hitting with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate at Oklahoma City in 2017, the now-30-year-old Davis decided to try his hand at pitching again after having previously served as a closer for Arizona State during his amateur career. The early returns from the mound have been encouraging for Davis, who has pitching in his bloodlines -- his father, Ron, was a reliever for 11 years in the big leagues. The lefty still has a long way to go before surfacing again in the majors, but given his existing familiarity with pitching from his college days, Davis' learning curve may be shorter than what most position-players-turned-pitchers experience.
Davis signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. He will be invited to major league spring training.
The former Met has bounced around, getting stints with the Pirates, A's, and Yankees in the last three years. He played just eight games with the Yankees last season, collecting three hits and five strikeouts in 14 at-bats. Given that the Dodgers have Adrian Gonzalez and a handful of viable fill-ins at first base on the active roster, including top prospect Cody Bellinger, Davis appears destined to stick in the minors for much or all of the 2017 season.
Davis was released by the Yankees on Wednesday, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Over the last 10 days, Davis had gone just 5-for-32 with 12 strikeouts at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, bringing his batting average down to .248 for the season. At 29 years old and with a career MLB batting average of .239, Davis doesn't offer much upside to any team. If he's signed, it's likely that he'll simply provide additional depth at first base in the minor leagues.
Davis was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Brendan Kuty of the Star-Ledger reports.
This move was a result of Mark Teixeira being activated from the DL. The Yankees started Davis for a stretch in mid-June, but the veteran went just 3-for-14 with five strikeouts. Rob Refsnyder will backup Teixeira at first base.
Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday for the second day in a row.
Davis started at first base four times in a five-game stretch last week, but it appears the Yankees have turned back to Rob Refsnyder at first base, as he will start Wednesday for the second day in a row. Neither player figures to see much action when Mark Teixeira returns to action in the near future, but one of them will likely slot in as Teixeira's backup.
Davis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.
Davis had been locked into a strict platoon at first base with Rob Refsnyder after signing with the Yankees, but he'll head to the bench Tuesday despite the right-handed Chad Bettis being scheduled to pitch for Colorado. The 29-year-old has hit just .214 with his new club and may be at risk of seeing a further drop in playing time -- or losing his roster spot completely -- with Mark Teixeira slated to return from the DL on Saturday.
Davis is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.
Davis started two straight games against right-handers upon joining the Yankees, but he will give way to Rob Refsnyder at first base Friday with lefty Pat Dean due up for Minnesota. It appears Davis and Refsnyder will be deployed in a platoon at the position for at least a week while Mark Teixeira (knee) works his way back.
Davis is in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Rockies, Brendan Kuty of New Jersey Advance Media reports.
Davis will make his first start as a Yankee on Wednesday. The first baseman will bat seventh. In the minors, Davis slashed a decent .268/.350/.437 in 142 at-bats.
Davis has signed a Major League deal with the Yankees, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reports.
Davis was released from his minor-league deal with the Rangers on Sunday, and it didn't take long for the power-hitting first baseman to find a new home. The 29-year-old owned a .351 wOBA through 39 games at Triple-A Round Rock this year, and will provide New York with much-needed corner infield depth. Look for a corresponding roster move to be announced in the near future.
Davis was released from his minor-league contract with the Rangers on Sunday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Davis inked a minor-league contract with the Rangers in February with the hope that an opening would arrive for the big-league club, but it never materialized, despite the fact that the 29-year-old hit a respectable .268/.350/.437 in 142 at-bats at Triple-A. The first baseman shouldn't have trouble finding a minor-league deal elsewhere, but it's uncertain if he'll get another shot in the majors in 2016.
Davis (knee) was activated from the 15-day DL and assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.
Davis is expected to spend most of the year in the minors as long as both Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland remain healthy with the Rangers. In addition, Davis will have an extra hurdle to clear not being on the 40-man roster.
Davis (knee) will remain in Rangers camp after rosters are announced to continue with his rehab, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
Davis won't make the big league club, and will be ticketed for Triple-A once his rehab is complete. His .251/.352/.443 career slash line against righties might be enough to garner at-bats in another organization, but the Rangers are pretty set at first base and designated hitter.
Davis (knee) is unlikely to make the Opening Day roster, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Assistant general manager Thad Levine spoke on Davis' status Wednesday, stating that his sprained knee has drastically affected his chances at making the 25-man roster out of camp. Davis, a non-roster invitee, has been sidelined since March 10 due to the injury, and it now looks all but certain that he'll start the year in the minor leagues. Mitch Moreland, Justin Ruggiano, and Prince Fielder will be the primary first base options for the Rangers to start the year in all likelihood.
Davis (knee) remains at least a week away from returning, the Rangers' official site reports.
Davis has been limited to just eight at-bats this spring, and the injury figures to have cost him whatever small chance he had at making the roster out of spring training.
Davis is day-to-day with a mild right knee sprain, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.
He is likely to begin the season at Triple-A and serve as organizational first base/DH depth, so this is not a major development in fantasy circles. Look for him to get back into Cactus League action sometime next week.
Davis signed a minor league contract that included an invite to spring training with the Rangers on Monday.
Davis underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in August of 2015 after a disappointing year with Oakland. With a slash line of .229/.301/.350 the 28-year-old was expected to generate some pop, but only failed to hit three home runs in 214 plate appearances. The Rangers will hope Davis can regain his look from 2012 when he hit 32 home runs and added 90 RBI's for the Mets.
Davis is expected to sign a minor league deal with Texas, the team's web site reports.
Davis owns a career .794 OPS against right-handed pitching, but struggled through a hip injury for much of 2015 and slashed just .229/.301/.350. He'll be hard-pressed to carve out any sort of role with Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland entrenched at DH/1B and prospect Joey Gallo looming at Triple-A Round Rock.
Davis was not tendered a contract by the A's, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.
Davis will move on from the Athletics organization after appearing in 74 games and hitting just .229 last season. The 29-year-old has been on a downward trajectory since a strong 2011 campaign with the Mets, and he may have to settle for a minor league deal to attempt to rejuvenate his career.
Athletics first baseman Ike Davis has been diagnosed with a torn hip labrum and will require surgery. He is not expected to return this season.
Davis was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday, but he had apparently been dealing with the injury since returning from a quad injury earlier this season.
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