Brewers Will Not Exercise Davis’ Option

The Brewers will not pick up their end of pitcher Doug Davis' 2011 mutual option, GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Milwaukee will pay the left-hander a $1MM buyout rather than activate his $6.5MM salary for next season.

Davis, who will turn 35 next week, appeared in just eight games for the Brewers this season, turning in a 7.51 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9.  The lefthander was then sidelined for several months with a virus in the lining of his heart and then missed more time with elbow tendinitis.

In 12 big league seasons, Davis has a 4.38 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9.


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11 Comments on "Brewers Will Not Exercise Davis’ Option"


Flharfh
4 years 11 months ago

What a surprise this is….

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

The Brewers need to trade Fielder AND Weeks this off-season. No way do good free agent pitchers sign with the Brewers so there has to be some way the Brewers can acquire maybe 3 good young pitchers if they trade both Fielder and Weeks, both of whom will be free agents after next season. I could see the Twins as a fit for Weeks along with the Mets, Nationals, Tigers, and Padres.

Fielder in my opinion, will be traded to either the Red Sox, Giants, Rays, or A’s.

baseballdude
4 years 11 months ago

im a tigers fan i dont know much about him. does he hit 300 or have 20 home runs a season??

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

If you mean Weeks, he’s around a .270 hitter with tons of pop-he’s close to 30 homers on the year. He missed parts of the last two seasons with wrist injuries-both have been injured in the past, and this is the first season in awhile that he’s managed to avoid the DL. He’s not great at 2nd base, but he has improved a bit-and I know that black players aren’t thought of as gritty, but he is a gritty player-smart, hustling, doesn’t give at bats away, and has good speed and a good sense on the base paths. And a magnificent power swing, which leads to more strikeouts than you like to see out of a first place hitter.

You’d have to give quite a lot-the Brewers love him and love his work ethic. He’s a solid player. I would love for the Padres to get him.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

@baseballdude

If you’re talking about Weeks, he might be the best lead off hitter in Baseball and he has 30-40 SB potential and can belt 30+ Home Runs in a season if healthy. His Average will also range from .260-.280 and he plays a good defensive 2B. One of the best second baseman and players in Major League Baseball.

bbxxj
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t think I agree with you about trading Weeks. The Brewers do have a very nice 2B in their system in Lawrie but he is 20 and in AA. Considering all of the success rookies have had this year it woudn’t be that shocking to see him have a solid MLB season in 2011 but he isn’t a super-prospect like Posey or Heyward who makes a GM make space for him.

Gallardo and Wolf are both in the rotation next year (while Wolf wasn’t amazing this year he is too good to kick out of the rotation considering the money he is making). Narveson should be given a spot in the rotation next year because of his strikeout ability and and how his stuff/peripherals show he can likely better his ERA next year. The Brewers should at least be able to get one very solid young starter to plug into the middle of their 2011 rotation by trading Fielder so they need to only find a #4/5 guy in the offseason to fill out their rotation via FA or a trade with prospects and still keep most of their potent offense together.

I don’t think its worth having more young starters if you have to go from Weeks/Fielder on the right side to Lowrie/Gamel on the right side.

NorCalDodgersFan
4 years 11 months ago

I see Fielder going to the Red Sox. They were obviously very interested in Adrian Gonzalez and were disappointed when the Pads started doing well and he became unavailable.

The Giants aren’t likely to give up their young starters for a big bat. Their whole winning strategy relies on good pitching, and if they traded Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner (or even 2 out of 3) for Fielder, it would put a dent in that strategy. Dodger fans also fantasize about getting Fielder onto their team, but the pieces required for a trade like that to happen (Kemp or Kershaw at the very least) would be too much to part with.

The Rays will be in the mix if Peña doesn’t resign. Also, although this is a longshot, don’t rule out the Yankees to go after Fielder as a DH the way they did with Nick Johnson. Picture Tex, Fielder, and A-Rod all hitting one after the other in the same lineup. I’m not saying it’s likely, but it’s possible. Red Sox are still the most likely to get him.

diskoteque
4 years 11 months ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about if you think the the Brewers would ask for Kemp or Kershaw in a Fielder trade. This isn’t fantasy baseball.

NorCalDodgersFan
4 years 11 months ago

Okay, first of all, I’ve never played fantasy baseball. Second, if the Dodgers get involved in the Fielder sweepstakes, who else are they going to offer in a trade? Minor league prospects? Last I checked, we traded all those away to get Casey Blake, George Sherill, Scott Podsednik and Octavio Dotel. The Brewers know we have young, proven talent that won’t be as costly as Fielder, and I assume that’s what they would want in a trade.

invader3k
4 years 11 months ago

Fielder will almost certainly be dealt this winter, unless the market for him is as tepid as it was this summer.

My guess with Weeks is that the Brewers will approach him with a contract extension offer right after season’s end. If a deal can’t be worked out, they could shop him at the winter meetings.

4 years 11 months ago

Weeks will be re-signed, count on it. Fielder will be traded for a prospect that won’t pan out, count on it.