Rangers nominate Khris Davis for assignment as Elvis Andrus trade continues to disappoint both sides
The Texas Rangers named DH Khris Davis for an assignment on Tuesday, freeing up a spot on the active roster for infielder Eli White, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Davis, 33, had only played 22 games for the Rangers since his acquisition during the offseason as part of the Elvis Andrus trade. In 61 home plate appearances, he had reached .157 / .262 / .333 (66 OPS +) with two home runs.
That’s a far cry from 2016-18, when Davis scored 133 times and twice received MVP consideration.
The inclusion of Davis in the business of Andrus was in part to serve as a financial ballast. He signed a two-year extension worth $ 33.5 million at the start of the 2019 campaign that coincided with his offspring. So far this season he’s reached .212 / .291 / .374 with just 27 home runs.
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Coincidentally, Andrus also had a tough time opening the season. He entered Tuesday with a score of .214 / .259 / .273 (55 OPS +) in 201 plate appearances. The deal also sent Jonah Heim and Dane Acker to Texas, with Aramís García heading to Oakland.
The Rangers had alternated between Davis, Willie Calhoun and David Dahl, now injured, at DH. Davis’ ban has two practical advantages for the Rangers: 1) it gives their bench of three more defensive versatility; and 2) it creates more playing time for others, like White and Jason Martin, a 25-year-old outfielder who joined the organization on an off-roster contract over the winter.
White, 27 on June 26, played 22 games of his own earlier this season with the Rangers. He reached .127 / .200 / .164 (4 OPS +) in these contests. He had performed better at Triple-A, with .343 / .450 / .537 in 20 games.
The Rangers entered Tuesday with a 23-38 record on the season, the third-worst mark in the majors. Texas are 5 1/2 games behind the Seattle Mariners for fourth in the American Western League.