Chris Davis has been saying since spring training that he would likely need to go to another team to realize his goal of playing every day in the major leagues, and he was never opposed to a trade. That was the case Saturday after he learned he had been dealt along with Tommy Hunter to Baltimore for set-up man Koji Uehara.
Davis handled the situation with class, thanking general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington for the chance to play with the team he grew up watching on TV.
"I went up and talked to Wash and JD and told them that I was very grateful for the opportunity they gave me to fulfill a dream of playing in the major leagues and to do it for the team I grew up watching," said Davis, a Longview native who was the Rangers’ fifth-round pick in 2006. "This is probably the best thing for me now, to go to an organization that has a need for me. I'm going to miss this clubhouse, but I think it's really exciting to go to another organization and be a guy they're excited about."
Hunter said that he was surprised that he was in the deal and admitted that he wasn't sure how things would play out because being traded is a new experience for him. But he's also eager to see how he will fit in Baltimore's overhaul.
"It definitely catches you off-guard," he said. "You've got to hope everything works out for the best. It's business. It's something you just accept."
-- Jeff Wilson