Cubs Sign Doug Davis

12:55pm: Davis will earn a $900K pro-rated salary in the Majors, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, with the chance to earn close to $2MM with incentives.

12:21pm: The Cubs have signed Davis, tweets Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.  The lefty will head to extended Spring Training.  Wittenmyer suggests the signing was done to provide "longer-term depth."

10:39am: The Cubs are close to signing free agent lefty Doug Davis to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned.  The contract will include some kind of opt-out.  The team is in need of rotation depth given the recent injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew CashnerThey added Ramon Ortiz on a minor league deal a few days ago.

Davis, 35, made only eight starts with the Brewers last year due to a heart condition and eventual surgery to fix a small tear in the flexor tendon of his elbow.  At his best, Davis can eat up innings and work around the many baserunners he allows.

18 Responses to Cubs Sign Doug Davis Leave a Reply

  1. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    Must not have much faith in the young arms being asked to step up in the absence of Cashner and Wells.

  2. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Should have kept Silva around!

    • Silva was badmouthing the organization and was turning into a problem in the clubhouse. He has the same job security with the NYY’s that he did with the Cubs, yet he blames the Cubs for not promising him a rotation spot. I’m glad to see him gone.

      • Bob George 4 years ago

        Silva was bad mouthing the organization because of how they treated him. They are very poorly run. Dumb move after dumb move. Hendry/Ricketts is the GM/Owner combo from Hell.

        • BlueCatuli 4 years ago


        • ubercubsfan 4 years ago

          Silva was given every chance to perform, which he didn’t. That is why didn’t make the rotation. The man couldn’t get an out even if his next meal was the reward.

        • He was bad mouthing the organization because he is a big freaking baby who needs to grow up! Good riddance to bad rubbish.

        • Longhornfan68 4 years ago

          How did the Cubs treat him wrong? He came in with this attitude that he was already a starter. When he realized that he wasn’t a lock, he showed that he couldn’t perform under pressure. Let’s be real here…he has/had a heart problem, yet did he do something to help himself out, let alone the team? CC stopped eating a whole box of cereal in the morning to help himself out but he didn’t have a health problem as bad as Silva…what did Carlos do to improve himself for the team?

  3. Every time the Cubs saw Davis in the last 5 years he looked like Cy Young. Too bad he can’t face the overanxious Cub hitters anymore if he joins them.

  4. JoeyKonk 4 years ago


  5. SpeedS28 4 years ago

    This is a good signing for the Reds, Brewers, Pirates, Cardinals and Astros.

  6. DON’T DISGRACE THE STASH! It brings the LIGHTNING! This lightning stash is what powers his blazing mid 80 fastball!

  7. Wrek305 4 years ago

    horrible signing

  8. i can throw 85. give me 900 grand.

  9. alexchicago14 4 years ago

    who’s next? Russ Ortiz?

  10. It means taking some of the stress off the young guys and being a bit of a band-aid in terms of providing innings that, while they may not be fantastic, should give the Cubs every chance to still win when he’s out.

  11. DiehardDbak 4 years ago

    rmarx01 you hit the nail on the head. I remember watching this “innings eater” every 5 days with AZ. Passionless and “meh” is the best way I can describe him. He said himself in an interview that he pitches solely based on stats. He won’t pitch on gut feeling or instinct…and it’s made quite a nice barely average pitcher out of him.

    I’ve hardley ever seen an older (mature) pitcher get himself in so much damn trouble EVERY inning.

    My friend and I now call eachother Double D when when the other is doing something just barely passable.

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