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Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
Davis replaces Josh Hamilton (fractured arm) on the Rangers' roster. He was out to an early lead in the Pacific Coast league in homers (four) and RBIs (11), with a total of nine hits in his first 21 at-bats.
Another chance for Davis
We've seen the left-handed slugger fail twice as a starter to open a season since his thrilling debut in 2008 (.285-17-55 in 295 at-bats). It's all because of the strikeouts, which have come in more than one-third of his major league at-bats. Of the 12 outs he has made for Triple-A Oklahoma, in fact, eight have been via the whiff.
While Davis is intriguing because of his ridic raw power, he may have a difficult time finding PT; the Rangers have plenty of first basemen and left-handed bats on the 25-man already. Can he still play third? He could wiggle his way in there if they need a spark, though. The question: What does he try to do with sporadic playing time? Consider this a Jake Fox-like situation.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
David Murphy, Texas Rangers
The primary beneficiary in terms of PT now that Hamilton is sidelined is Murphy, in whom the organization and fans already have a lot of confidence. He hit .291 with 12 homers and 14 steals in 417 at-bats in 2010. In 16 at-bats to open 2011, he has a home run among his five hits, with 2 stolen bases as well.
Murphy is more of a .280 hitter than those figures suggest, and he's much likelier to be around that mark, or worse, if he plays every day. The Rangers have been reluctant to play him against southpaws, but he has been at least serviceable (.266 BA, .692 OPS) against them. He's still a solid addition in many formats.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Acquire
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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