Although things didn’t work out, at all, with the Cubs, I still kinda always feel bad when a guy is dumped after just one year. I have no killer instinct.
So, on that front, I’m relieved to see that Chili Davis being dumped by the Cubs (after being dumped by the Red Sox) has not lowered his standing in the eyes of at least one other MLB club:
Sounds like Chili Davis is the favorite at this point to become the next Mets hitting coach.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) November 28, 2018
chili davis is the choice to be the mets' next hitting coach, though there may be a detail or two to be worked out
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2018
And in support of Davis, I will note that he was very successful and well-regarded before coming to the Red Sox, and then for a couple years with the Red Sox. He had trouble connecting with Cubs players, but maybe it just wasn’t a good fit. The Cubs returned to a familiar face in Anthony Iapoce to replace Davis.
Presuming that the Cubs originally signed Davis to a multiple-year contract, they will save some money from the offset in his salary with the Mets. That is probably the detail or two being worked out (the Mets are supposed to pay him a reasonable salary, even though he’s already being paid by the Cubs, and then the Cubs’ obligation is offset by that amount … but the Mets might try to underpay a bit, if you see what I’m saying). So that’s cool. Definitely have enough for Bryce Harper now.
Best of luck to Davis, except when the Mets face the Cubs.