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Cubs sign veteran starter Doug Davis to minor league deal

Apr 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

Doug Davis

Injuries struck the Cubs’ rotation as soon as they decided to cut bait on Carlos Silva, but today they added a little pitching depth by signing veteran left-hander Doug Davis to a minor-league contract.

Davis worked out for a bunch of teams a few weeks ago after being limited to just eight starts last season because of a heart problem and an elbow injury. Prior to that, however, the 35-year-old had a 4.12 ERA in 203 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2009 and he was a pretty consistent mid-rotation starter for most of the decade.

His control has always been shaky and Davis is no sure thing to still be effective at age 35, but as far as low-risk rotation depth goes he’s a nice flier to take. For now he’ll head to extended spring training and then likely report to Triple-A at some point.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Davis can earn up to $2 million in salary and incentives if/when the Cubs call him up.

  1. clydeserra - Apr 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Yankees asleep at the switch?

  2. baseballstars - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Back in 2002, I was at a minor league game in Nashville (Greer Stadium). A guy was sitting in the crowd, and some people were going up asking for autographs. I asked someone who this guy was, and he said the guy was Doug Davis.

    “Doug Davis?” I asked.

    Doug turned around, thinking I was trying to get his attention. I had to think of something to say very quickly, so I blurted out “I had you on my fantasy team.”

    His reply was classic.

    “Sorry.”

    Then the guy he was sitting with laughed. I had to myself.

    Well played, Davis.

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