Brewers Sign Doug Davis

The Brewers officially signed lefty Doug Davis to a one-year deal today worth $5.25MM guaranteed. The contract pays $4.25MM in ’10 and has a $6.5MM mutual option for ’11 with a $1MM buyout. Davis can also earn another another $1MM in incentives each season, broken down into payments of $125K each for 180, 185, 190, and 195 innings pitched and 28, 29, 30, and 32 starts.

This marks Davis’ second stint with Milwaukee, his first being the best stretch of his career. He signed with the Brewers as a free agent in July of ’03, and stayed until a November ’06 trade with Arizona. The 34-year-old posted a 4.12 ERA in ’09, but that didn’t match up with his 1.42 K/BB ratio.

Davis joins Randy Wolf as the second addition to the Brewers’ rotation this winter. Yovani Gallardo will lead the group, with Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan/Manny Parra rounding out the back end.

MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy first reported the agreement.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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89 Comments on "Brewers Sign Doug Davis"


Guest
5 years 7 months ago

YES! What a good signing!

jbo18
5 years 7 months ago

It really doesn’t matter how fast you throw. As long as you can locate your fastball, and change speeds. Thats all you need. Throwing a curve, slider and a cutter in your arresnal. Thats saying alot if you can throw all those pitches for srikes. Look at Greg Maddoux for example, he barely broke 90 mph. But he had “nasty” stuff which he could get guys out with. I like this pick up by the brew crew. Dougy is a good pitcher and he’s healthy which means he’s a guy who can help you in the post season alot. If he stays healthy this guy could potenially eat up alot of innings.

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

i think this is a reallly good pick up for the brewers. they got a pretty good pitcher for only 5.25. thats a bargain these days.

redsox4120
5 years 7 months ago

nice signing by the Brew crew.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Ive seen him pitch twice at Dodger Stadium, both times his fastball was clocked at 80-82 MPH.. no joke either. I think the Dodgers lost both games.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, he doesn’t have much heat. His FB average last year was 85 MPH but it doesn’t matter THAT much when you are throwing your curve at 70 and change at 80 with a slider and cutter about 83. Thats still a ton of speed/movement variation which I guess was your point – he was still good throwing a non-gas FB.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah he has terrible control for someone who throws that slow too, but he makes the most of it.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

That 80-82 reading had to be his cut fastball though. He doesn’t have much gas but he can throw his four-seamer fast than that.

I think its also interesting to note that his went from throwing alot of cutters through his career to all of a sudden throwing a ton of sliders. It went from his least thrown pitch at 3.1% in 2008 to 32.7% in 2009 even more than his fastball which he threw 23.4% in 2009.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I think TV guns are juiced up. Broxton was throwing 94-96, Kershaw was throwing 91-94 according to the Dodger Stadium gun.

On TV they throw 98-100 and 93-97 so I have no idea how much the gun is off.

frickafracka
5 years 7 months ago

Not looking forward to watching Davis pitch vs. LA this year. Those games start at like 9 pm central time and a game started by Doug Davis will take a minimum of 5 or 6 hours to get through.

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

Why would a K:BB ratio matter for a guy like Davis?

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Well, his high walk rate kinda negates his decent K rate. I think its pretty pertinant because it keeps him from being a top notch pitcher and not just a good innings eater.

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

But Davis is distinctly NOT a strikeout pitcher. He’s a finesse lefty. His BB% went up last year, but did not deviate much from his career norm.

5 years 7 months ago

K/BB matters for everyone, it’s a quick and dirty gauge that (I think) tells you more than ERA does without getting into hardcore numbers.

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

I have to disagree. Control matters to all pitchers, but Ks only matter to power pitchers. Ground Ball pitchers and Finesse Lefties will not have high K:BB ratios, but it doesn’t mean they are not effective.

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

K/BB measures control. If you’re not striking out a lot, you also shouldn’t be walking a lot. Davis is a decent pitcher but he has a very little room for error.

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

BB% measures control. John Lannan has the second lowest qualifying K:BB in the Majors, and only a 2.97 BB%, and hitting the strike zone 3% more than average with his pitches.

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

His 3.9 K/9 last year is a huge red flag. He needs to get his K/9 to at least 4.5 or else he’s going to be living and dying on his defense.

K/BB is important. Don’t dismiss it just b/c you like Davis.

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

Look at the rest of the K:BB list. The evidence is there that you don’t need a high K:BB rate to put up a 4ish ERA, and be a DECENT but admittedly never spectacular pitcher.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Lannan is a poor example to use, as his FIP in the past 2 years has been an avg. of 4.75. As Icedrake says below, he lives and dies by his defense.

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

In fact sorting qualifying pitchers by K:BB separates pitchers more by style (contact vs no contact) than effectiveness. Although it’s true all the ELITE pitchers are the ones hitters can’t make contact against, the bottom of the list includes exactly what I thought it would: finesse lefties and the likes of Porcello, Lowe, Millwood, Cahill, and Marquis.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

no. Buehrle is the quintessential pitch to contact pitcher. his K/BB is still well over 2.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Davis is a solid pitcher and above average innnings eater as he thew 203 innings in 34 starts with a FIP of 4.84 last year. You could do better but you could certainly do much worse. It does certainly give them a MOR starter to fill out their rotation a bit better.

Gallardo
Wolf
Davis
Bush
Suppan/Para

Is a ton better that it was last year with about 400 more quality innings in the mix.

NoHomer
5 years 7 months ago

Parra is going to be given a spot in the starting rotation to start the year, IMO.
Suppan and Bush will battle it out for the #5 slot.

As a Brewers fan, I’m happy with the signing. The rotation is a ton better than the one we trotted out last year (kinda sad that that’s the case, because this one is no better than average). Davis basically takes over Looper’s innings, Wolf takes over for Bush/Suppan, and I expect Gallardo and Parra to both improve.

sbmke
5 years 7 months ago

Bush was a college closer. He seems like he could transition back to the pen well because he has always seemed to have stamina issues. Frequently dominant early with a problem with big innings a bit deeper into games.

Davis is a nice pitcher when he’s changing speeds well. Not a radar gun guy, but he can be tough to time and he comes to the plate with an assortment of breaking stuff. Much better than Looper and Suppan – no one is expecting a star, but he should still be a good upgrade over last year’s models.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

I’m just relieved this means he’s off the Twins radar. Though I was hoping Washburn would sign with the Crew and keep him far away from Minneapolis…

nvance_34
5 years 7 months ago

I agree, now I’m worried they will sign Washburn. Why not sign tejada or hudson and go into the season with liriano/duensing/perkins as the #5 guy?

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

I couldn’t agree more.

But there are those around these parts that insists abstract notions like “stability” and “veteran presence” is more important than crazy numbers like “ERA” and “WHIP”…

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Agree as well. The Twins have plenty of pitchers to choose from as a number 5. Heck, Liriano could always rebound, Perkins is already a serviceable number 5 and Duensing had success as a starter last year.

Plus, Washburn was strictly the benefactor of the superb Mariners defense. He went to a not-so-good defensive team in the Tigers and got bombed.

mochajoe
5 years 7 months ago

I thought he would of ended up with a minor league deal

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Whats with the Doug Davis hate? He isn’t an ace, we all know this, but have reliable innings eaters lost all value?

doktorpeace
5 years 7 months ago

After Gallardo, this may be the best collection of mediocre 30-somethings this side of Sex and the City.

the812
5 years 7 months ago

is parra in his 30s? uhmmm no.. but other than that u might be right

goose102977
5 years 7 months ago

That is one depressing rotation after Gallardo.

Eazy E
5 years 7 months ago

I love this signing. It is really showing that Melvin wants the ball club to be better this year and hopefully make it into the postseason.

I don’t understand this. “Davis joins Randy Wolf as the second addition to the Brewers’ rotation this winter. Yovani Gallardo will lead the group, with Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan rounding out the back end.”

Where is Manny Parra? I would rather see Parra start this whole year than Suppan starting one game against the pirates. Sure, Parra had a weird up&down season last year, but jesus christ the guy is better than suckpan.

Sage
5 years 7 months ago

God, I could NOT agree more with what you said about Parra and Suppan. I think our pitching staff needs to look like this:

Gallardo
Wolf
Davis
Bush
Parra

Long Relief:
Suppan
Villanueva/Narveson

Middle Relief:
Stetter
Vargas
Coffey

Setup/Closer:
Hawkins
Hoffman

And hell, who knows, maybe Capuano can make some crazy comeback and be part of the bullpen this year.

Eazy E
5 years 7 months ago

That looks real good to me. The only thing is that I don’t think we’ll have two lefties together in the rotation.(Wolf and Davis) that would be weird though having bush as our 3rd starter. holy shit i just noticed we have 3 lefties in the rotation. so strange!

elgringo79
5 years 7 months ago

Can somebody tell me why contracts have “buyouts?” Why not just say he signed a 5.25MM one year contract with a 5.5MM team option? With 1MM deferred, if that matters, but I’m assuming that money would be owed at the time they decline, which would still be in fiscal year 2010.

pnedwek
5 years 7 months ago

(a) its a way to defer salary until next year and (b) it can protect a team if a player has a decent year and they might want to renew (Melvin does like Doug Davis)

adamellingson
5 years 7 months ago

Nice, I’ve been banging these pages for weeks about getting either Garland or Davis. I’m happy he’s back, and I hope like hell this puts Jeff Can O’ Soup Suppan out on his ass…. or atleast our long reliever. He’s a bum, and he better play like his families being held hostage, since that’s what he’s done to our payroll for the last three years.
BEERMAKERS, PLAYOFF BOUND!!!

lilly18
5 years 7 months ago

“BEERMAKERS, PLAYOFF BOUND!!!” yea how about noooooo!!!!!!

Wolfbane
5 years 7 months ago

Good, this means the Mets can’t sign him.

gunger69
5 years 7 months ago

one less pitcher for the dodgers… hopes it takes them out of the running for sheets.

JoeyT107
5 years 7 months ago

Amen Ellingson…I really hopes this means that Parra is in and Suppan is out in the bullpen…it makes me a little nervous to have all those lefties (assuming Parra is in the rotation), but I love this signing, especially for that kind of money. The main thing is that this is a huge improvement from last year. If the Brewers had just had a mediocre pitching staff last year they might have made the playoffs because their offense is so good.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

For the Brewers, this signing actually makes some sense. It’s more than I expected Davis to get, but eh, it’s not a terrible price to pay considering their internal options. I’m trying to figure out what this will do to Bill Smith’s mind and how this signing will affect the Twins, as Davis had been mentioned as a possibility…

Pro: Davis not in a Twins uniform.
Con: May pressure our bonehead GM into thinking he has to sign Washburn.
Pro: $5.25MM means Washburn will likely demand more, as his overall season was superior to Davis, and we topped out at a $5MM offer.
Con: Our GM is still Bill Smith.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

I’m afraid (for you) this makes Washburn about a 3 to 1 favorite to become a Twinky now…

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

LOL. Con: Our GM is Bill Smith.

Hehe, I like that one.

AaronAngst
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I don’t know why they’d want to have Suppan in the mix at all. I believe Melvin himself made comments regarding rate of pay not being a factor in determining one’s role on the Brewers staff… yes, Suppan should be relegated to pitching garbage innings in blowout losses. As for the signing of Davis, this is Braden Looper 2010, monetarily speaking… Davis has better numbers on his side, so in that regard it must feel like a win. On the other hand, I’ve already sat through a few years of Double D. That being the case, I’m not a big fan of this deal.

bravesirrobin
5 years 7 months ago

Bet they still make a run at another SP like Maine or Correria. With the plan of moving Suppan or Bush off their 40 man somehow

invader3k
5 years 7 months ago

People don’t like Davis because he works slow, and doesn’t have amazing “stuff” or a big fireball fastball, but he is effective and makes his starts. He doesn’t give up a lot of home runs either, which was a problem for the Crew last season. The Brewers now have starting pitching DEPTH which they did not have at all last year.