Oakland A’s giving Matt Davidson an opportunity

Apr 21, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson (14) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson (14) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Matt Davidson has been an intriguing player for years. Not only does he have a pair of 20 homer seasons in the majors, but he had dabbled as a two way player as well. While his pitching days are behind him, he still has the type of power that can intrigue.

That is certainly the case with the Oakland A’s. They have signed Davidson to a minor league deal, presumably as an option should their current crop of corner infielders continue to struggle.

Matt Davidson has chance to make impact on Oakland A’s

Davidson had been on fire in Triple-A for the Diamondbacks this season. He had 17 hits in his 51 plate appearances, including eight homers, earning a call to the majors. While he homered in his first plate appearance in Arizona, that was the only hit in his 13 plate appearances before he was let go.

It is possible that he can get another chance at the majors. While Sheldon Neuse has been able to produce, the same cannot be said for Kevin Smith and Seth Brown. Smith does have that former top prospect pedigree, and Brown has displayed the potential to hit for power, so both will get more time to prove themselves.

But Davidson could get a look as well. If Smith and/or Brown struggle, the A’s may look to bring Davidson in as a stopgap until Zack Gelof is ready, or to at least finish out the season. His power potential is something that the A’s desperately need in their relatively moribund lineup, making him an intriguing match.

Davidson likely feels the same. With his power potential and previous track record of success, he likely had several other suitors. However, the rebuilding A’s may represent his best opportunity to get to the majors quickly, especially given their struggles on the corners of their infield.

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Matt Davidson has signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A’s and is heading to Las Vegas. He may not stay there very long.

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