The Texas Rangers have designated DH Khris Davis for assignment, the team announced. The Rangers have recalled outfielder Eli White from AAA Round Rock to take Davis’s spot on the active roster. The 40 man roster now stands at 39.
Davis, 33, came to the Rangers as salary ballast in the Elvis Andrus trade, which fetched Texas Dane Acker and Jonah Heim. Davis was coming off two straight poor seasons, and was owed $16.75 million, so A’s sought to jettison Davis and his salary as part of this deal.
Davis landed on the injured list to start the season, and since being activated from the injured list, hasn’t hit, slashing .157/.262/.333 in 61 plate appearances. The hope had been that Davis might show something that would result in a team wanting to take on a little bit of his salary and maybe give up the fringiest of fringe prospects, but that apparently isn’t going to happen.
The Rangers can now trade, waive or release Davis. I would suspect he will be released.
White is now coming up. He made the Opening Day roster but didn’t hit, and was sent down after slashing .127/.200/.164 in 60 plate appearances. Since being sent down to Round Rock, he has slashed .343/.450/.537 in 80 plate appearances, and thus has earned a return to Arlington.