Chris Davis, First Basemen
He’s the splashy move of all the options. Chris Davis has been linked to the Astros in multiple reports. The Texas native fits the Astros offensive identity. Over the past four seasons, Davis has smashed a whopping 159 home runs (almost averaging 40 per season). He’s hit 412 RBI’s during that timeframe. In his second season with Baltimore in 2012, he hit 33 home runs with 85 RBIs while hitting for a .270 batting average. The following 2013 season, Davis smashed 53 home runs with 138 RBIs while hitting a .286 batting average. But, 2014 was a disastrous year for the slugger. He was able to hit 26 home runs and 72 RBIs, but his .196 batting average was Chris Carter bad. However, his 2015 season was followed up with some of his better numbers by hitting 47 home runs with 117 RBIs and a .262 batting average.
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The fear with Davis is the strikeouts, which the Astros already have a lot of. But, hitting above .250 with over 40 home runs and 100 RBIs is often the cure for the flaw. The challenge for the Astros is do they want to put a big financial investment when their best prospect, A.J. Reed, plays first base. The case for Davis is he’s an MLB proven power bat. He could slide to third base or even play DH if the Astros don’t see Evan Gattis as part of their plans. The likelihood of signing Davis is low. I think the Astros are going to save their money to spend elsewhere either now or down the road in locking up some of their own players.
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