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Rays “expected to be willing” to trade Wade Davis

Nov 6, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Rays are “expected to be willing” to trade 26-year-old right-hander Wade Davis at some point before the start of the 2012 season.

There were rumblings as this offseason began that Tampa Bay might be willing to unload 29-year-old righty James Shields, who registered a sparkling 2.82 ERA and 225/65 K/BB ratio in 33 starts this year. But those rumors were quickly squashed.

Davis isn’t nearly as dominant as Shields, but he is younger and far cheaper. The former third-round draft pick posted a 4.45 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 29 starts this season, striking out 105 batters and walking 63. He’s owed just $1.5 million in 2012, $2.8 million in 2013 and $4.8 million in 2014.

With such weak starting pitching options on this year’s free agent market, several teams should be calling.

  1. Lukehart80 - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Between this and Sanchez, it’s good to know many teams are willing to trade their 4th and 5th starters.

    The Indians however, have announced that Josh Tomlin is untouchable. Sorry, Cincinnati, we don’t want your Joey Votto.

  2. paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Davis looks like fools gold to me. He benefits greatly from his spacious home park (career home ERA of 3.67, road ERA of 4.92) and fantastic defense (career xFIP of 4.61 and BABIP of .279)…..he walks way too many guys and misses too few bats.

    • hittfamily - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      He has a celing of 3 WAR, and at worst is an average starter. 3 years for less than 9 million will have a lot of teams calling.

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

        A ceiling of 3 WAR is not consistent with being at worst a league average starter….a league average starter is worth about 3 WAR….so he either has a higher ceiling or a leage average starter is the best you can hope for….if he keeps walking 3+ per 9 with a GB rate of <40%, he is going to have a hard time being a league average starter anywhere but the most pitcher-friendly of parks.

      • hittfamily - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:36 PM

        When did 3 war become league average? A 3 WAR is way above average. It would put him in the top 35% of starters this year!!! Hell, if anything I undervalued the guy. It is only his sophomore season. He could be a steal, and at worst, he is average.

  3. Ick McWang - Nov 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    As a longtime rays fan, if i had to pick a starter to trade, its either Davis or Neimann. It may be coincidence, but since Davis signed his extension buying out his arbitration years, he’s been pretty mediocre.

  4. phillychzstk2012 - Nov 7, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    will the Jays be at all interested??

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