The Brewers have claimed Doug Davis off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. If something is worked out, this will be his second stint as a Brewers.
Davis, 33, is 7-10 this season with a 3.62 ERA for the light hitting Arizona Diamondbacks. He has consistently proved that he can eat innings, while walking and striking out a good amount of batters. I wouldn't say that he struggles with control, but that he is more stubborn than wild. He will walk you if he would rather pitch to the next batter.
He is owed about $2.6 million for the remainder of the season. Davis also projects as a type B free agent. This means that if he is let go at years end, Davis would land the Brewers a compensation pick in the next amateur draft.
I am hearing that the Diamondbacks are not fully intending to deal Davis. I don't understand why they wouldn't make this trade, especially if the Brewers gave up a semi-decent prospect in return. It essentially comes down to $2.6 million vs a sandwich pick in next years draft. If I was the D'Backs I would seriously try to get this trade done before the 48 hours is up. It makes more sense to deal Davis and get a prospect and free up money in return.
So, if it happens, how good of a move is this? It really depends on what the Brewers give back in return.
Considering his type B status, I would think the D'Backs are going to want something in return. If we are able to swap Davis for a mid to low level prospect, this is a great trade for the Brewers. He will, at the very least, be able to eat some innings for this overworked pitching staff.
I personally like Davis a lot. He can be frustrating at times to watch, but it can't be much worse than what the fans have seen for the last two months.
It really just boils down to what the Brewers gave up in return. As for now, I like what the Brewers are thinking here.