Giants and J.D. Davis clash

Giants release J.D. Davis after he defeats team in arbitration

Ariz., Scottsdale — After defeating the organization in salary arbitration last month, third baseman J.D. Davis was released by the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Instead of receiving a $6.9 million salary, Davis will receive just over $1.1 million in termination money.

Rather than accepting the team’s $6.55 million offer, Davis was given the salary by a three-person tribunal. Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement guarantees compensation determined by an arbitration panel, but not the negotiated contracts of arbitration-eligible players. This made it possible for the Giants to release Davis in exchange for $1,112,903 in 30 days’ worth of termination money.

Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi said in a video call, “We negotiate all of our arbitration cases in good faith and tried to reach an agreement with all of our arbitration-eligible players, him included.” “Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”

The Giants acquired Davis from the New York Mets in August 2022, and he spent his first full season there last year, hitting.248 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI. Davis turns 31 next month. Although he can play outfield and first base as well, the Giants signed third baseman Matt Chapman to a three-year, $54 million contract, making him expendable.

This year, in six games during spring training, Davis was 6 for 15 (.400) with two home runs and six RBI.

Zaidi said that the addition of Jorge Soler as a full-time designated hitter and Wilmer Flores’ “similar defensive profile and role to what J.D. might be” also factored into the decision.

Zaidi commented, “It fit a little bit tighter.” “We did try to solicit trade interest from the league last week, but we didn’t really get very far with it. That was a factor in the decision to place him on unconditional waivers over the weekend, believing there was a higher likelihood of a team filing a claim and potentially initiating trade talks. We just made this decision as soon as we learned that he was released on unconditional waivers.”

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