From the Wire … Cubs Ink Doug Davis to Minor League Deal

According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs signed veteran southpaw Doug Davis to a minor league deal Tuesday morning. Davis will report to Fitch Park and work in extended spring training. The Cubs view Davis more as long term depth and not a quick fix for the big league rotation.

According to Ken Rosenthal, Doug Davis will earn a pro-rated salary of $900,000 if he pitches in the majors with a chance to earn close to $2 million in incentives.

The Cubs have signed two veteran pitchers within the last week to minor league contracts. Ramon Ortiz and Doug Davis could provide the big league club two veteran pitchers with starting experience if Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner are on the DL longer than expected.

Davis pitched in just eight games for the Brewers last season and posted a 1-4 record with a 7.51 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP. Davis made 34 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

Doug Davis is coming off elbow surgery and according to a report from ESPN Chicago was also diagnosed with a mild case of pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart on May 15, 2010. Davis made just one appearance for the Brewers after May 10, 2010.

Doug Davis’ Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • gocubs

    Is Davis or Ortiz better than Wellmeyer and Looper? Why not call them back?

    • cubtex

      I was thinking the same thing about Looper. Hey, he lives in Chicago….it would be a short drive :)

      • studio179

        Looper retired and I’m guessing he already filed the papers. I think Wellmeyer had injury issues.

        I get your point though. Neither of these signings are meaningful.

        • Ripsnorter1

          They will both see action for the 2011 Cubs. Of course, that’s meaningless since we will not be winning anything in 2011.

    • Jeffvantiin

      They retired !!!!

  • cubtex

    It appears to me that they have no faith in anyone else at AAA to bring up and make a start or 2(namely Diamond or Bibens-Dirks) I question trying Russell as a starter during spring training and then putting him in the bullpen. My opinion, they should have kept Maine up and put Russell in the minors to start in case of a situation like this. Now they are signing Ramon Oriz and Doug Davis out of desperation.And tonight they are hoping to get 3 innings out of Russell? 3 innings??? Wow!

    • paulcatanese

      I like Maine also, anytime you can have a hard throwing lefty is a bonus. But I gotta say with all the negative and discouraging press tossed at Russell even from his manager maybe he should just stay home. The way the talk is going around I expect to see helmuts for the infielders to use. I hope he does well.

  • cc002600

    this is just soooooooooo cub.
    Bring on that aging player that no one wants (for good reason) at the end their career, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.

    Boy oh boy

    Seen it a million times

    They will never learn

  • PleaseStopLosing

    Wellmeyer or Trey McNutt have to be better options than this clown… a WHIP of 2?!?!? He can’t get anybody out…

  • GaryLeeT

    The Cubs’ brass are not satisfied with their NL ranking of 4th worst pitching staff, and took every step possible to make sure they were going to be number one at something this year.

  • twentytwo

    Not attempting to be pessimistic, but could these recent signings signal that the Cubs brass know more than they are leading on to, and that maybe Cashner’s injury is worse than speculated or brought forth? If Cashner and Wells are “suppose” to be coming back in a few weeks, doesn’t the rehab for both signings also take about as long? Hmmmmm….

    • studio179

      You can bet the injuries will take longer, especially Cashner. Plus, I’m sure the Cubs will be cautious with both of them.

  • Cloycub13

    Well, welcome to the Cubs I guess.

    On a personal note I have had Pericarditis, it sucks! It is painful, it is exhausting and it is like diabetes in that it takes lifestyle changes to prevent it from coming back and becoming an issue. Good luck with that Mr. Davis, I feel for ya in that respect.

  • Ripsnorter1

    TOM GORZELANNY: WHERE ARE YOU??????

  • cubs1967

    why?

  • John_CC

    Doug Davis was murder on the Cubs, wasn’t he?

    Ramon Ortiz — where in the hell did find him?

    This is gonna get real ugly…

  • paulcatanese

    I dont believe itQuade went with the same lineup to days in a row?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Gotta love that Ortiz signing. Look at his ERA by year:

    1999 — 6.52
    2000 — 5.09
    2001 — 4.36
    2002 // 3.77
    2003 — 5.20
    2004 — 4.36
    2005 — 5.36
    2006 — 5.37
    2007 — 5.45
    2008 — did not play in MLB/ spent entire year in AAA; ERA was 5.82
    2009 — did not play in MLB/ spent entire year in AAA; ERA was 4.57
    2010 — 6.30

    THIS GUY IS A PROVEN STUD. HIS CAREER STATS HAVE PROVEN THAT HE CAN DELIVER FOR THE CUBS.

    He’s young. (Only 38 years old).
    He’s righthanded. (He can complement John Grabow).
    He’s both a starter and reliever. (That’s something Carlos Silva wouldn’t do).
    He rarely strikes out a batter (he shortens the game by finding bats with his pitches).

    He’s a perfect fit for the Cubs!!

    GREAT SIGNING, JIM!

    • paulcatanese

      Love it!!!

  • studio179

    I see the Sox waived Lastings Milledge. He cleared waivers, accepted a minor assignment and is with the Charlotte club now. That did not take long.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Jim wasn’t smart enough to pick him up. He beats Reed Johnson.

      Oh, I forgot: Reed Johnson is a good clubhouse guy, and we have Garza and Z on this team, so we need him for something other than a player.
      My bad.

      • studio179

        Why can’t they both be gone. Neither Johnson or Milledge is good.

  • Aaron

    This is NOT a big deal at all, and I’d be shocked if Davis even made an appearance with the Cubs for MANY different reasons, which are as follows:

    1) Unless the Cubs are hiding the severity of Wells and Cashner’s injuries, they’ll be back at the end of April almost certainly.

    2) This is picking up off #1…While Davis has reportedly been throwing down in Arizona all Spring Training, and even presently, he will still make about 1-2 starts down in Arizona for EXST, and then likely another start at AAA or somewhere else. Depending on how many pitches he throws in EXST, he will likely be spaced out 3-5 days after each, then he’d have a minor league start, which would put it at 15 days out at least. That would mean that he’d potentially make his Cubs debut April 27th…but that’s just on the roster. If he had a start at AAA, he might not be able to actually start until at least the 30th for the Cubs.

    3) Jay Jackson is already in EXST working on an injury, and supposedly threw very well in his recent start with good velocity according to AZ Phil.

    4) Casey Coleman already has the other spot locked down for now, meaning they’d only need one other pitcher. So far, the Cubs have Jackson (as mentioned above) at EXST, Diamond, Bibens-Dirkx, and they might even dip into AA with the likes of Dolis and Cabrera (both on 40-man), and possibly even Rusin. It’s doubtful they’d try to go with McNutt, but it’s important to keep in mind how aggressively they promoted Cashner, so that might factor in as well

    So……like I said, Davis is minimum 2 weeks at EXST, then a minor league start, so it’s not even a big deal, unless Cashner and Wells are really hurt more than the Cubs are letting on (very possible given their handling of the Wood and Prior injuries)