Oakland A’s Veteran INF J.D. Davis Designated for Assignment

Oakland Athletics first baseman J.D. Davis in May 2024
Oakland Athletics first baseman J.D. Davis in May 2024. Photo by David Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (14487987ed)

The Oakland A’s have designated veteran infielder J.D. Davis for assignment according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The A’s now have seven days to either trade Davis, release him, or send him to minor league.

Davis has struggled in 39 games he played with the A’s in 2024, batting .236 with four homers and five RBIs.

Davis made the headlines back in March after beating the San Francisco Giants in salary arbitration and securing a $6.9 million salary for the 2024 season. However, the Giants went on to cut him in order to avoid paying him that money, and they were on the hook for just $1.15 million. The A’s later signed Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

There could be several teams willing to take a chance on Davis despite his underwhelming production this season. He can play both the first and third base and has been a reliable hitter for the better part of his career in the majors.

Davis’ best year in MLB came in 2019 when he batted .307 with 22 home runs and 57 RBIs with the New York Mets. Overall, he has a .259 career batting average with 72 homers and 220 RBIs with the Houston Astros, the Mets, the Giants, and the A’s.

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