As we reported last week, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers are working on a trade involving first baseman Chris Davis, and at least one of Cubs’ catchers Welington Castillo and Robinson Chirinos. The two teams are still working on the deal, but the Cubs are looking to have reliever Darren O’Day added, according to Ed Price.
O’Day, 28, has bounced around in his brief ML career, most recently being picked up on waivers by the Rangers from the Mets in 2009. He’s been all kinds of awesome for the Rangers over the last two seasons, putting up ERAs of 1.94 and 2.03 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. His WHIP was under 1.000 both years, and it’s not like it’s a small sample size – he threw 55.2 innings for the Rangers in 2009, and 62 innings in 2010. In other words, the righty is good, cheap, and isn’t going to be a throw-in.
Hence, as suggested by Bruce Levine in his chat today (and noted in the comments by reader Mike), the Cubs are expected to be sending a pitcher to the Rangers, together with one of the catchers for Davis and O’Day.
Just who that pitcher might be – whether a prospect, or someone on the big club – is unclear. A source indicates that it’s highly-touted prospect Rafael Dolis (raw 22 year old whose numbers don’t reflect his talent), but the Cubs are trying to push Tom Gorzelanny instead.