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Davidson working on game, not worrying about spot

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 10:36 p.m. CDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. –€” Matt Davidson was acquired this offseason to be the White Sox's third baseman of the future, but the 22-year-old indicated Sunday that he is not necessarily approaching his first spring training with the club as a job interview.

"I really just want to make myself the best player I can, if that's breaking with the team or going to Triple A," Davidson said. "I want to make sure that I make myself the best player I can and not try to win a job or try to do this. I don't want to come in and have a great spring and then at the end have no clue of what I'm doing."

The Sox traded closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks to obtain Davidson, who will compete with Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie for a spot at third after playing just 31 games with Arizona.

Most Sox position players report Thursday, but Davidson arrived at Camelback Ranch 2 weeks early to become acclimated to his new team. Along with a handful of other players, he worked with hitting coach Todd Steverson on Sunday.

"[Steverson and I] have been working on using the whole field," Davidson said. "I kind of got away from that the last couple years, pulling a lot of balls, so I'm just trying to use the whole field and hopefully the average goes up and the strikeouts [go down]."

 

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