The Oakland A’s decision to bring Khris Davis back made sense. He signed a minor league deal at the beginning of August, costing the A’s absolutely nothing as they looked to see if he had anything left in the tank. Even if he did not return to the majors, at least Davis was getting another look.
It did not seem as though Davis had anything left. He had flamed out with the Rangers, with just eight hits in 61 plate appearances before being released. Once one of the more feared sluggers in the American League, Davis had just two homers, his power seemingly gone.
Khris Davis could play a part with Oakland A’s
After a brief stint in the A’s Arizona complex, Davis was assigned to Triple-A. He had a decent enough start, but had not exactly done enough to warrant much of a look to return to the majors. That has changed recently, as he is suddenly starting to resemble the player he had been in his heyday.
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Heading into Wednesday, Davis had begun to turn the corner. He had 15 hits, with two doubles and six homers, in his 44 plate appearances. While any power numbers in Las Vegas have to be given a caveat given that the ballpark is a launching pad, it is great to see Davis starting to look like himself again.
That could not happen at a better time. While Matt Olson has been a one man wrecking crew when it comes to the power department, the same cannot be said of the rest of the A’s lineup. Matt Chapman has 19 homers on the year, and Seth Brown is the only other A’s player with more than 15 homers on the season.
The A’s could certainly use more power from the right side. Davis, who says that he finally has his swing back, could be that answer. There are some issues with bringing him back to the majors – he is not on the 40 man roster and a spot would need to be cleared. However, with the A’s scuffling, and in desperate need of a spark in the lineup, there could be a role for Davis down the stretch.
Khris Davis has started to heat up in Triple-A. If this continues, he could play his way into a role with the Oakland A’s down the stretch.