A three-time 40-home run hitter, Davis joined the Rangers in the offseason in a trade with the Athletics, who acquired shortstop Elvis Andrus as their headlining piece. Neither player has performed well this season, however. Davis missed the first month-plus of the season with a left quad strain and has since batted .157/.262/.333 with a pair of home runs in 61 plate appearances. So far, it’s the third straight year in which Davis has posted subpar production at the plate.
Texas sent $13.5 million to Oakland in the Davis deal, surely making it all the more frustrating for the Rangers that he hasn’t been able to return to anything close to his best form. He’s making $16.7 million this season, the last of a two-year, $33.5 million contract, and that salary is quite unappealing when combined with his offensive issues and lack of defensive value.
To replace Davis, the Rangers recalled infielder/outfielder Eli White, whom they also acquired from the A’s in a past trade. White has hit a dismal .155/.214/.194 with zero home runs in 112 PA since he debuted last year.