Doug Davis Claimed By Brewers; Deal Unlikely

1:35pm: Doug Melvin tells Haudricourt that there are no talks between the Brewers and D'Backs right now, though they did speak yesterday.

11:59am: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Brewers aren't confident they can trade for Davis. Rosenthal hears that they have until 12pm CST tomorrow to strike a deal.

THURSDAY, 8:27am: Davis likes the idea of returning to Milwaukee, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.  However, after talking with Brewers GM Doug Melvin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel finds a reunion unlikely.  Davis' projected Type B status is apparently driving Arizona's asking price. 

At 63.4 points as of August 9th, Davis is in good shape for Type B classification.  But is that potential supplemental draft pick worth more than $2.5MM in salary relief?  And would the D'Backs really offer Davis arbitration, risking paying him more than $9MM in 2010?  They do have the payroll room, and face question marks in the rotation next year after Dan Haren and Max Scherzer.

WEDNESDAY, 9:57pm: Nick Piecoro at the Arizona Republic also gets confirmation that the Brewers claimed Davis, and says that a deal is not likely but cannot be ruled out. He hears the claim was made because the Brewers hold real interest in Davis, not as a tactic to block other teams.

9:25pm: Heyman's sources confirm that it was the Brewers who claimed Davis. The Diamondbacks now can choose to either talk a trade, allow the Brewers to claim Davis or pull him back.

8:50pm: According to SI.com's Jon Heyman (via Twitter), Diamondbacks lefty Doug Davis has been claimed by an unknown team.

Davis has been named quite often in the recent past as a candidate to be moved. Heyman speculates that the claiming team could be the Brewers, as they've been having a "pro-active day." Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel thinks that's a good guess, as the Brewers already made a run at Davis before the deadline. Davis made comments earlier today saying that he doubted the D'backs were planning to negotiate on an extension and called a trade to a contender a "win-win" situation for him.

Tim Dierkes also contributed to this post.


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