… This can help the Sox’s woeful lineup two ways — they upgrade offensively at catcher with Tyler Flowers and they get a piece that can help from the bountiful Rangers’ farm system, with surplus first baseman Chris Davis a likely piece in the deal. Davis, who lost the first-base job to Justin Smoak, is a flawed hitter who strikes out a ton. He was hitting only .188 when the Rangers demoted him. But he’s only 24 and has a career OPS (on base plus slugging) of .777 after 208 big-league games. He’s a quality fielder and a left-handed hitter who would join the right-handed-hitting Dayan Viciedo in the pool of candidates to serve as long-term replacements for Paul Konerko.
Chris Davis? No. Please. I don’t have any confidence in the Sox coaches to deal with a 25% K rate (which will become 30% in Chicago). And a look at Davis’ stats shows all his his high-OPS seasons having high BABIPs too.
Texas also would be willing to discuss Mitch Moreland, another 24-year-old, left-handed-hitting first baseman, who also plays the outfield;
now you’re talking. look who else suggested Moreland yesterday
speedy outfielder Craig Gentry
and their young catchers (Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden and Max Ramirez), all of whom are dealing with various issues this season.
Salty would be nice. But shouldn’t we look to fill other positions first?
BTW, Satchel Price @ BTB has a message for Kenny: let them have AJ. Zach Sanders says while leaving The Cell may not be the best thing, getting traded to Texas wouldn’t be a bad idea.