Khris Davis trade had horrible timing for Oakland A’s fans
By David Hill
February was just like any other month for some Oakland A’s fans. The calendar changed, with a new face staring back at us. This month, it was Khris Davis, shown circling the bases after one of his home runs. A nice picture, but nothing overly newsworthy.
At least, that was the case until Saturday. The A’s traded Davis to the Texas Rangers, along with Jonah Heim and Dane Acker, for shortstop Elvis Andrus and catcher Aramis Garcia. Suddenly, that picture was a memory of what had been instead of something to look forward to.
Khris Davis month a matter of remembrance for Oakland A’s fans
Yes, spring training will be starting in a few short days. It will not be long until there is action on the diamond and we can look forward to the upcoming season. But for now, February will be a month to remember what Davis had brought to the A’s.
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Acquired in 2016 for then prospects Bubba Derby and Jacob Nottingham, Davis immediately became the power hitter that the A’s needed. He was also a model of consistency, hitting over 40 homers and notching a .247 batting average for his first three years in Oakland. His wrist injury in 2019 seemingly sapped him of his ability with the bat, but there is no denying the impact that he had made earlier in his time in Oakland.
Over his five seasons with the A’s, Davis produced a .240/.316/.495 batting line in his 2548 plate appearances, hitting 158 homers and 96 doubles. He was not exactly great in the outfield, costing the A’s 25 runs as he found himself eventually becoming the team’s primary designated hitter.
If Davis is going to find his touch in the batter’s box once again, it will happen in Texas. He leaves the A’s with a solid legacy despite a disappointing end to his tenure. It just so happened that his trade happened at the beginning of his month on the team calendar.
Khris Davis is gone but not forgotten. That is especially the case for those looking at the Oakland A’s team calendar this month.