MLB announced Monday that Davis has accepted a position in the organization's Baseball Operations Department, signaling the end of his playing career.
Davis spent the 2020 campaign in the Mexican League, but prior to that, he had seen MLB action in each of the previous 14 seasons. The 40-year-old's extensive experience at the MLB level should aid him as he transitions into an advisory role now that he's decided to hang up his cleats. A journeyman for much of his career, Davis played for eight teams -- the Pirates, Giants, Athletics, Blue Jays, Tigers, Indians, Red Sox and Mets -- and compiled a .262/.311/.379 line (86 wRC+) to go with 62 home runs and 415 stolen bases over 1,448 career games. His most notable highlight came with the Indians in 2016, when he hit a game-tying home run off Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series.
Davis signed a contract with Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League on Thursday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Davis appeared in 29 games with the Mets last season and posted a .200/.231/.400 slash line with one home run in 26 plate appearances, but he spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A. The 39-year-old entered the majors in 2006 with the Tigers and played with seven other teams over the last 14 seasons.
Davis' contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse prior to Tuesday's game against the Indians.
He is not in the lineup for the first game of a three-game home series against the Indians. Davis, 38, hit .287/.334/.410 with eight home runs and 20 steals in 84 games at Triple-A. He will work primarily as a reserve outfielder and pinch runner over the rest of the season.
Davis cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Davis was designated for assignment by the Mets over the weekend but will remain with the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. The 38-year-old was slashing .277/.344/.403 in 37 games with Syracuse prior to his brief stay in the majors.
Davis was designated for assignment by the Mets on Sunday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Davis spent only four games with the Mets but made his brief stay count by going 2-for-7 with a three-run home run. Michael Conforto (concussion) makes his return from the injured list, prompting the move. The 38-year-old Davis could be headed back to Triple-A Syracuse if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday that he expects Davis, Carlos Gomez and J.D. Davis to log the majority of the starts in the outfield while the Mets' top three options are all sidelined with injuries, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Per Tim Healey of Newsday, Davis won't be included in the lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Nationals, but Callaway's comments suggest the 38-year-old will be rewarded with extra time at the expense of Juan Lagares. After being called up to the big club Wednesday, Davis made his presence felt right away with a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the Mets' 6-1 victory. Davis has shown an ability to rack up steals while receiving steady playing time in the past, making him a decent speculative pickup for NL-only and deeper mixed league managers looking for an infusion of speed on their rosters.
Davis went 1-for-1 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals.
Pinch hitting for pitcher Drew Gagnon in the eighth inning, Davis took Nats closer Sean Doolittle deep in his first action as a Met to cap a six-run rally. With Michael Conforto (concussion), Brandon Nimmo (neck) and Jeff McNeil (hamstring) all banged up at the moment, Davis could be in line for fairly consistent work in the team's outfield in the short term, but his fantasy value is likely to be limited despite his impressive debut -- the 38-year-old speedster hasn't posted an OPS of .700 or better since 2015.
Davis' contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
The Mets' outfield has been decimated by injuries, with Brandon Nimmo (neck) landing on the injured list in a corresponding move. The expectation is that the Mets will be able to tread water without relying on Davis too heavily, but he could come in late in games to spell players like J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil. Davis, 38, was hitting .277 with three home runs and 14 steals in 132 plate appearances at Triple-A.
Davis was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports.
The veteran speedster was fighting for a spot on the Mets' bench, but not being on the 40-man roster proved to be too big a hurdle to overcome. Davis is now set to begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Davis went 1-for-2 with a run scored in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Of the three veteran outfielders battling for a bench job with the Mets this spring, Davis has by far been the most impressive at the plate, and he now boasts a .310/.353/.552 slash line through 13 games. On the other hand, his 0:10 BB:K suggests that batting average is just a small-sample mirage, and unlike Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares, Davis isn't already on the 40-man roster. Despite the hits, he should still be considered a longshot to break camp with the Mets.
Davis was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's spring loss to the Tigers.
Davis joined the Mets on a minor-league deal in December and got the starting nod in left field Tuesday. The 38-year-old has a difficult path to playing time with Jeff McNeil transitioning to the outfield.
Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Mets that includes an invitation to spring training on Monday.
The veteran outfielder found himself a good organization in which to battle for a center field job. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto can handle center but are best suited for the outfield corners, where they'll likely remain until Yoenis Cespedes returns from heel surgery in the second half of 2019, and Juan Lagares doesn't have a particularly firm hold on the job. The 38-year-old's defense still graded out well in center last season, but he hit just .224/.278/.281 in 216 plate appearances for the Indians. He did manage 21 steals, which gives him potential deep-league value, but he'll have to hit well enough to earn semi-regular playing time if he's to get a chance to show off his wheels.
Davis (illness) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
Davis had a brief rehab assignment with the Indians' Eastern League affiliate and now returns after spending the minimum 10 days on the DL. The 37-year-old should serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Indians over the final month of the season.
Davis (illness) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Wednesday.
Davis is scheduled to play Wednesday and Thursday for the Indians' Eastern League affiliate before he's presumably reinstated from the disabled list Saturday when rosters expand. The 37-year-old will likely be ticketed for a role as the Tribe's fourth or fifth outfielder upon returning from the DL with Greg Allen performing well of late as the team's primary center fielder.
Davis was put on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday due to a non-baseball related medical condition, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Though the Indians declined to comment any further on Davis' condition, the club expects him to be back on the active roster by Sept. 1. He will officially be eligible to come off the shelf Aug. 30. In a corresponding move, Edwin Encarnacion (biceps) was activated from the DL.
Davis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.
Davis started three straight games in center field last weekend after Tyler Naquin (hip) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, but the 37-year-old's time as a lineup regular proved to be short lived. With the Indians acquiring Leonys Martin from the Tigers prior to the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday, Davis has since faded back to a reserve role. He'll be on the bench Sunday for the fifth time in the Indians' last six games.
Davis will start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Tigers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
With Tyler Naquin landing on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right hip discomfort that was later reclassified as a stress reaction, Davis tentatively looks to be in store for an everyday role in center field. He'll draw his third straight start Sunday, but a clearer picture on Davis' outlook might not come until after Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline passes. With Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) also facing an uncertain return date, the Tribe could be in the market for an impact outfielder, which may result in Davis falling back into a reserve gig.
Davis is not in the lineup Monday against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Davis has started six of Cleveland's last seven games, going 6-for-19 over that stretch. Tyler Naquin will get the start in center field Monday.
Davis is starting in center field and leading off Wednesday against the Tigers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
He has now led off in back-to-back games, with both starts coming against southpaws. Davis will draw the occassional start against a righty, but his primary role while the Indians are without three injured outfielders is to play table setter against left-handed pitchers. He has a career 107 wRC+ against lefties and already has eight steals (on 11 attempts) this year despite the fact he is hitting just .232/.280/.275 in 77 plate appearances. His eight steals are by far the most from any player with less than 100 plate appearances -- Jarrod Dyson (95 PA), Craig Gentry (69 PA) and Jace Peterson (71 PA) each have five steals.
Davis required four stitches to seal an open wound above his left eye, which he sustained while stealing second base in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, Ben Weinrib of MLB.com reports.
Davis wasn't forced to exit the contest as a result of the injury and passed all concussion tests afterward. He likely would have been ready to play if needed Saturday and Sunday, but poor weather in Cleveland resulted in the postponements of both games. If he's not included in the lineup when the Tribe resumes play Tuesday against the Twins in Puerto Rico, Davis should be available off the bench as a pinch hitter or late-inning defensive replacement.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2011||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||2||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||--||1||0||0||.400||.400||1.000|
|2013||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||3||10||2||3||0||1||0||0||--||1||0||0||.300||.300||.500|