NEWBERG REPORT UPDATE — JANUARY 3, 2008
I’ve always liked righthander Jason Davis more than I should. The 6’6″ righthander has big stuff and has shown the ability to get ground ball outs, but he’s never been the kind of strikeout pitcher he looks like he should be. Now 27, he’s no longer a prospect but instead reduced to a guy who has to audition for a job out of camp, and he’s going to do so for Texas in February and March, as the Rangers have signed the reliever to a non-roster deal with an invite to big league camp.
Davis, whose lifetime ERA in parts of six big league seasons with Cleveland and Seattle is 4.79, is more likely to start the year in Oklahoma than in Arlington, but that’s a pretty nice arm to bring in as depth, someone who will get a chance to compete for an in-season job in a Willie Eyre sort of way.