Today the Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Doug Davis – remember how he used to vexate us? – to a minor league deal. He’ll head to extended Spring Training, and, if he makes the big club, he’ll get the prorated portion of $900,000 (with a possibility of another $1.1 million in incentives). The signing is all about depth, given the twin injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. That said, don’t expect to see Davis stepping into the rotation anytime soon. He’ll probably need several weeks to be game-ready.
Davis pitched just eight games last year, missing the rest of the time with an enlarged heart and an issue with the flexor tendon in his elbow. Both issues were reportedly addressed in the offseason, so we’ll see what Davis has left in the tank at age 35.
We’ll have more on this later.