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J.D. Davis stays in the Bay Area, signs with Oakland Athletics

Mar 16, 2024, 9:14 AM

J.D. Davis #7 of the San Francisco Giants throws out Ji Man Choi #91 of the San Diego Padres in the...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: J.D. Davis #7 of the San Francisco Giants throws out Ji Man Choi #91 of the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning at Oracle Park on September 25, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are adding another former Giant to this year’s roster.

On Saturday morning, the team announced they’ve signed veteran infielder J.D. Davis to a one-year deal. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the deal is worth $2.5 million with another $1 million in incentives.

Davis isn’t the only former Giant the A’s recently acquired. Earlier this year, the Oakland A’s announced they acquired Ross Stripling and cash considerations from the San Francisco Giants for minor league outfielder Jonah Cox. The Athletics also announced they’ve signed former Giants pitchers Alex Wood and Scott Alexander to a one-year deal.

Martin Gallegos, Oakland Athletics beat reporter for MLB.com, posted to X that Davis is already with the team in Arizona for the remainder of spring training. The A’s were thin at third baseman heading into the 2024 season, with the expectation the team would lean on Abraham Toro at the position before signing Davis.

The San Francisco Giants released the infielder on Monday, March 11, just days after placing him on waivers. Davis, an Elk Grove native, became expendable when the Giants reached an agreement with third baseman Matt Chapman on a three-year, $54 million deal.

The Giants traded for J.D. Davis in August 2022. That deal saw San Francisco send Darin Ruf to New York Mets in exchange for Davis, LHP Thomas Szapucki, RHP Carson Seymour and LHP Nick Zwack. In his lone full season with the Giants, Davis hit 18 homeruns on a .311 batting average and a .354 on-base percentage.

Davis was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2014 and he would go on to make his major league debut in 2017. He also had a brief stint with the New York Mets.

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