Yesterday, I broke down the most likely landing spots for free agent first baseman Chris Davis. Entering his age 30 season, Davis will be a free agent for the first time. While I do see him sticking in the American League due to future position concerns, there is a fair chance some National League teams will at least have enough interest to kick the tires on Davis.
In his career, Davis has been a more than serviceable fielder. He has a career .996 fielding percentage at first base, and moves well in the field. Davis made only three errors in 938 chances at first base this year. Fielding percentage is not the be all end all when it comes to evaluating a player’s fielding ability, but at a position like first base, it is a good indication that a player makes all of the plays he is supposed to. In the outfield, Davis is still a little bit raw, but he’s played only 71 games there in his big league career. His routes to the ball need work if he is going to be a viable starting outfielder on a good team. Davis has enough athletic ability to be a passable outfielder with more experience.
Will any of this be enough to sway a National League team into committing to Davis until he is pushing age 36?