The Texas Rangers have placed Khris Davis on unconditional release waivers, the team announced today. Assuming that no one claims Davis — and no one will claim him — Davis will be released and will become a free agent.
The Rangers designated Davis for assignment on June 8. He had been acquired in the offseason, along with Jonah Heim and Dane Acker, in the deal that sent Elvis Andrus to Oakland. Davis was seen as have been included in the deal mainly as a way for the Rangers to take on additional salary from Oakland, which allowed them to essentially purchase Heim and Acker from the A’s.
Davis started the year on the injured list, but on his return was used as a platoon DH. Davis had poor seasons in 2019 and 2020, but with a lack of great internal options, Texas was going to give Davis the chance to show if he had anything left in the tank. He did not.
The Rangers will be on the hook for the remainder of his $16.75M in salary for 2021.