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 Cashner. They 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.
Must not have much faith in the young arms being asked to step up in the absence of Cashner and Wells.
Or they don’t want to rush/overwork them.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This is a good signing for the Reds, Brewers, Pirates, Cardinals and Astros.
DON’T DISGRACE THE STASH! It brings the LIGHTNING! This lightning stash is what powers his blazing mid 80 fastball!
i can throw 85. give me 900 grand.
who’s next? Russ Ortiz?