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Rangers sign potential two-way player Matt Davidson

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The Texas Rangers have signed Matt Davidson — a first and third baseman who could, possibly, see time as a relief pitcher as well — to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Davidson pitched three innings in three appearances in 2018, and he was pretty good too, blanking the opposition, facing 11 batters, allowing one hit and striking out two. It was promising enough that the White Sox gave him permission to do some pitching workouts during the offseason. At last until they non-tendered him, then it was up to him. Jeff Passan is reporting that the Rangers may give him a look on the mound.

They wouldn’t be interested in him, however, if he didn’t at least have some offensive skills. And he does. Power, primarily, as he hit 46 home over the past two years. His 2018 line was a less-than-stellar .228/.319/.419 with 20 homers and 62 RBI, but that’s not chopped liver either, I suppose.

The Rangers don’t figure to contend in 2019, so it’s not a terrible place for Davidson to try to get some playing time. And, possibly, some time to experiment on his nascent pitching career.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.