As the Oakland A’s were looking to tear down their roster, it makes sense that they would be eyeing replacements as well. Even if the rebuild does not happen, the A’s have enough holes on their roster where a trade or two would make sense. If those players can play multiple positions while being relatively inexpensive then so much the better.
It also makes sense that the A’s would look at players that seemingly do not have a spot on other teams’ rosters. Such is the case with J.D. Davis, who does not appear to have a role with the Mets. According to reports, the A’s were amongst the teams eyeing Davis prior to the lockout.
J.D. Davis a potential option for Oakland A’s
The Mets and A’s have already been linked as potential trade partners. While Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer are as formidable a duo as there is in the majors, two pitchers do not a rotation make since we are no longer in 1884. As the A’s were expected to offload several of their starters as well, the Mets were one of the teams anticipated to be on the phone.
Davis could be a part of any potential deal for an arm. He has been a solid bat since the Mets acquired him, something that continued in his injury plagued 2021 campaign. He still produced a strong .285/.384/.436 batting line in his 211 plate appearances, hitting five homers and 12 doubles.
He also has a degree of defensive versatility. While Davis is never going to be a Gold Glove caliber player anywhere on the diamond, he has spent time at first, third, and left. The A’s could use help in the outfield, and at both corner infield spots if Matt Olson and Matt Chapman are traded.
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The Oakland A’s were reportedly eyeing J.D. Davis prior to the lockout. He would make sense even if the A’s do not blow up their roster.