Levine: Jordan Danks, Davidson Among Five Sox Cuts
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By Bruce Levine-
GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS)– Two very disappointed young players were among the five roster cuts that the White Sox made on Sunday. Matt Davidson and Jordan Danks were hoping to make the team after having impressed the Sox staff with their work this spring.
For Davidson it is about more seasoning. That he needs more work on defense is a part of the process for the 23 year old California native. With 78 big league at bats last season, his ascension back to the major leagues should not take long.
“I always knew this was possible.” he said on his way to minor league camp. “I feel I came in and put myself in a good spot as far as having a god collective 2014. Obviously I wanted to start in the big leagues, you can’t always have want you want.”
The Rolling Stones reference was subliminal but the team was hoping Davidson was more big league ready.
“I know they said I have made strides,” he said. “I am confident I can become a good defender. I know I can, I have proved it already that I am.”
Davidson will have ample time to hone his skills and get up to the big club soon.
The Story is much different for Danks, who may be the most improved hitter in the organization over the last couple of seasons. Danks had a strong second half in the majors last year and an equally impressive spring.
Player options dictated Danks undeserved return to the minors. A trade of Dayan Viciedo or Alejandro De Aza would dictate a quick return for Danks.
“It is just another one of those things,” Danks lamented. “I am not disappointed in myself, I had a decent spring.”
GM Rick Hahn was sensitive to the Danks issue.
“None of these conversations are really easy when you get to this point in camp,” Hahn said. “Jordan obviously had an outstanding spring. We told him that it was a tough decision but one that was effected by numbers. We told him to go down there and be ready for when the opportunity arises in the big leagues.”