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Hoping it's enough, Davidson focuses on self

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Davidson does not need to study a White Sox depth chart to understand that Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger are battling for the same roster spot as he is. Still, the 22-year-old third baseman acquired from the D-backs for closer Addison Reed is not focused this Spring Training on beating out any one player.

Davidson is working solely on improving his own game.

"I really just want to make myself the best player I can; if that's breaking with the team or going to Triple-A," said Davidson, who reported to camp four days early. "I want to make sure that I don't 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. I want to have a process and work defensively and offensively.

"If I do that, it will take care of itself. I don't want to try to beat out just necessarily one person and then all of a sudden maybe they are gone. Then I'm sitting there and thinking, 'I beat him out, but it doesn't do me any good facing the opposition.'"

Keppinger has two years, $8.5 million remaining on his three-year deal, while Gillaspie is out of options. But if Davidson's plan works, he might force the White Sox hand. General manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura both said Davidson would be given a full chance to win a job.

"I'm just going to take care of myself," Davidson said. "Be a teammate and things, but not worry about how I fit in. Just be myself, and then eventually if I do make the roster, just help that team the way I do. Not try to beat anybody out necessarily."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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