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How Davis’ hectic Giants departure led to familiar A’s role

How Davis' hectic Giants departure led to familiar A's role

How Davis’ hectic Giants departure led to familiar A’s role originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

OAKLAND — Just four weeks ago, veteran third baseman J.D. Davis was gearing up for his third season with the San Francisco Giants before one of the team’s late free-agent signings rocked his world.

After San Francisco signed third baseman Matt Chapman to a one-year, $18 million contract on March 3, Davis, the odd man out in the Giants’ infield, wound up signing with the Athletics for one year and $2.5 million on March 16 after he was placed on and subsequently cleared waivers.

Before he was placed on waivers, Davis saw the writing on the wall and knew he no longer had a clear role with the Giants, but wanted to show up anyway and put in the work, knowing an opportunity would materialize somewhere soon. In speaking to NBC Sports California after the A’s 8-0 Opening Day loss to the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum, Davis discussed the hectic two-week period that led him to a familiar role with Oakland.

“As it unfolded, it kind of unfolded really quickly,” Davis told NBC Sports California. “It went from signing [Matt] Chapman to the next three, four days I remember working out in spring training not knowing what the game plan was. But I just wanted to be mature and not a distraction to the team. So they gave me the option not to show up and they gave me the option not even to come to the ballpark, but I wanted to get my work in and show that it didn’t really affect me as much, just to be a professional.”

Before Davis went unclaimed on waivers, the Giants attempted to trade him and were close to finalizing a deal with an undisclosed team, which led to the 30-year-old being scratched from San Francisco’s lineup for a spring training game against the San Diego Padres on March 8.

“I got the phone call from [Giants president of baseball operations] Farhan [Zaidi] that there was a trade or something imminent that was going to go down,” Davis shared. “… Farhan told me there was going to be a deal that is imminent and it was going to happen, so I ended up getting scratched from the Peoria roster thinking that there was going to be a transaction happening and there was going to be a change.

“But I didn’t know who and I didn’t know where. I tried to ask him if I’m staying in Arizona or if I’m staying in Florida. It would be helpful to know if I’d be moving and packing up my place. He didn’t really tell me.”

Davis showed up at the Giants’ spring…

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