Miami Marlins add a speedster to the OF

Jonathan Davis
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The Miami Marlins still have some time before Spring Training to improve the team. There could be some trades in the making, some more surprising than the others. The Fish should look a bit different come Opening Day and I trust Peter Bendix not to sit still and do nothing. Another depth move was completed today. The Fish signed OF Jonathan Davis to a Minor League deal.

Jonathan Davis is back on the Miami Marlins for another potential run.

Jonathan Davis has been a member of the Miami Marlins before. Last season in fact, when he batted .244/.307/.378, with 2 home runs and 10 RBI, in 34 gams and 90 AB. I'm not going to pretend that h was an important part of the team, but he certainly served his purpose as Minor League OF depth. He even had some stretches of hot hitting streaks.

There's not much upside with Jonathan Davis besides depth. From 2018 to 2020 he played for the Toronto Blue Jays. During that time, he batted .200/.286/.296, with 3 home runs and 12 RBI, in 70 games and 135 AB. He also stole 7 bases. That was an extremely small sample size, but as you can see the results just weren't there. He did however exhibit speed and some decent defense in CF. Valuable commodities that led to his Minor League deal today.

Davis split 2021 between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. He batted an abysmal .126/.252/.172, with a home run and 4 RBI, in 64 games and 87 AB. He also stole 4 bases. It's no wonder that he wasn't in high demand after the season came to a close. Jonathan Davis spent 2022 with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he batted .224/.344/.237, with no home runs and 4 RBI. He did this in 37 games and 76 AB. He also stole 7 bases.

Jonathan Davis isn't a major addition that many Miami Marlins fans wanted. I am certainly waiting for a bigger addition alsong with everyone else. That said, depth is important for any Major League team, and The Fish are certainly not hurt by having a speedster as OF depth.

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