I agree that he's average, at best, in LF; but he's average, at best, at 1B. Why not put a plus defender at 1B and hope that Davis works hard on his OF game?
I agree with this. I've said it before I actually think he has a better shot of be coming an average defender in the OF over 1B. Love that he would get to put his incredible arm (best throwing arm on the team IMO, watched him throw out Teixeira trying for a double in game 1 of the ALDS is throws are strong and accurate from the OF) to good use. He just seems to have slow reactions and seems stiff, neither of which bode well for playing the infield. I also think that 1B is underrated in terms of defensive importance, the first baseman handles almost ALL throws made in the infield. That was one of Reynolds' biggest strengths because of his great hands and I would worry that Davis would have problems with that (which is NOT necessarily correctable, you can't teach hand eye coordination). And he did have a few nice diving catches in his short time in the OF this year...
Also FWIW in a similar number of innings Davis' fangraphs Defensive Runs Saved were better in the OF than at 1B. An extremely small sample size (about 350 innings at each position) but hey it's something.
ALSO, his bat would profile better in LF. Just sayin'.