3 free agents the Oakland A’s can bring back

Sep 12, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (11) stands outside of the dugout during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (11) stands outside of the dugout during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /
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Khris Davis

The Oakland A’s sent Khris Davis to the Texas Rangers in a swap of bad contracts. He lasted just 22 games in Texas before being released.

The A’s, in desperate search of a power bat, gave Davis another chance. He signed a minor league contract, hitting well enough to earn another look at the major league level. While he was not close to being the player he was during his heyday in Oakland, his .255/.283/.392 batting line with a homer and four doubles in 53 plate appearances was better than his production in any year since 2018.

For his part, Davis said he was finally starting to feel healthy and comfortable in the batter’s box again. He had suffered what seemed to be a minor rib injury back in 2019 when he crashed into a fence chasing a foul ball, but had lost his power since that point.

Chances are, the A’s could get Davis on a minor league deal once the lockout ends. Much like Eric Thames, he would have a chance to prove himself once more, possibly earning a spot on the major league roster. The A’s are going to need some power bats if their fire sale takes place, and Davis, if healthy, can be that.

Khris Davis had been a star for the Oakland A’s once before. While he may never live up to that performance again, he could be an option as their designated hitter.

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