Chris Davis Could Soon Be A Member Of The Chicago Cubs

Cubs Closing In On Chris Davis?


Ever since the Cubs announced their 40 man roster, Luke and Myself have felt that a trade was looming. Once the Cubs decided to bring back Koyie Hill, the idea of a trade being close looked more and more like a reality. As with the addition of Hill, the Cubs have four catchers on their major league roster. Those four are Geovany Soto, Koyie Hill, Wellington Castillo, and Robinson Chirinos. I can understand that the Cubs would want to protect both Castillo and Chirinos, but I do not understand why they would bring back Hill.

Because, both Castillo and Chirinos appear to be on the verge of being major league ready. Meaning the logical thing for the Cubs to do, would have been to non-tender Hill and save some money by going with Castillo as the primary backup to Soto. Since the Cubs brought back Hill, you would have to think that they are on the verge of trading Castillo or Chirinos. I would tend to believe that Castillo will be traded, as the Cubs front office is not high on him at all. According to Bleacher Nation, a source says the Cubs are “very close” to pulling the trigger on a trade that would bring them First Baseman Chris Davis of the Texas Rangers.

How does this relate to the Cubs wealth of catchers on the 40 man roster, you ask. Well, the Texas Rangers farm system is lacking quality catchers, and the Rangers are looking to improve the depth of their catching position. The Rangers also are very impressed with both Wellington Castillo and Robinson Chirinos. Which works out for the Cubs since they need a new first baseman, and Chris Davis of Rangers is blocked by Mitch Moreland. So, it appears that the Cubs and Rangers are on the verge of playing let’s make a deal, and the Cubs will send either Castillo or Chirinos along with Cash or other compensation to the Rangers for Chris Davis.

Davis, is your stereotypical power hitter. Granted he will hit for a lot of power, but along with the impressive power numbers comes and overwhelming amount of strikeouts. Davis had a combined 38 home runs in his first two seasons with 238 strikeouts. However, if the Cubs were to acquire Davis, that would not preclude them from going after Lance Berkman, or Carlos Pena. As, Davis would be a valuable asset to have on the bench, as he is capable of playing both first and third base.

To be honest, this potential deal makes all the sense in the world for the Chicago Cubs. Because with Geovany Soto appearing to be locked in as the Cubs starting catcher for the foreseeable future, both Chirinos and Castillo have blocked paths with the Cubs. Which is why they would benefit from a move to Texas, and Davis would benefit from a move to the Cubs.

I’m sure we will hear more about this potential trade as we get closer to the Winter Meetings, which start next Monday.

Tags: Chicago Cubs Chris Davis Geovany Soto Koyie Hill Mitch Moreland Robinson Chirinos Texas Rangers Wellington Castillo

  • Luke Blaize

    No way the Cubs should have to give up anything in addition to a catcher to obtain Davis, and a catcher is overpaying. For a 35% strikeout rate, a career slugging percentage of .459 doesn’t cut it. Unless Jaramillo is pretty sure he can close the giant massive hole this guy’s swing, I honestly want no part of him. Seriously, in 2009 it took him 219 ABs to hit 100 strike outs. Even Adam Dunn can’t whiff that fast.

    If the Cubs want OK power with a ton a strikeouts, there is no need to make a trade. Russ Canzler hit .287/.372/.566 for AA Tennessee last year. Unfortunately he’s right handed, otherwise this potential trade would really make no sense.

    • Jordan Campbell

      It is really hard to judge his career, since it only consists of 2 and a half years. That is a very small sample size, to judge any player. This trade does make sense, because, Castillo (who is disliked among the Cubs and Front office), and Chirinos are essentially blocked from succeeding in the Majors, as the Cubs are set on Soto as their starting catcher. It is not really overpaying, since, many would contest that Davis has more value than either Castillo, who is the most likely to be traded instead of Chirinos.

      By no means and I’m saying the Davis is a going to be a great hitter, I’m not. However, Davis provides the Cubs with more value than Castillo or Chirinos would.

      • Luke Blaize

        I know Bruce Levine claims the Cubs are down on Castillo, but I don’t buy it. He was the first of their catching prospects to be added to the 40 man, and since then he has done nothing but what is expected. They may not think he is ready to be an everyday major league, and that I agree with. I think that’s probably what Levine is getting at. Unless there is some character issue that is not being talked about, I think something is getting mangled in translation.

        Needing to move a catcher doesn’t mean they take the first deal that comes along. Statistically, he is a younger version of Adam LaRoche, only with more strike outs. I suppose since LaRoche is a Type B free agent, that isn’t an absolutely horrible place to be. I just can’t see how adding 200+ strike outs to an offense that struggled to score runs helps the Cubs in 2011, 2012, or ever.

        Chirinos and Castillo would neither be hurt splitting time at C and possibly 1B in Iowa next year if the Cubs don’t move either. They aren’t in a situation where someone has to go right away (though they might be close to that spot in the middle infield).

  • Kevin

    DO you think this maybe be a precursor to an Adrian Gonzalwz trade chip?

    • Jordan Campbell

      I wish it was, but Boston and The Padres already have a trade agreement, Adrian Gonzalez is going to be a Red Sox.

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  • gt

    As a Ranger fan, I’ve followed CD’s career. In 2008, he hit .285 with 17 HRs & 55 RBIs in just 80 games. Not sure why he regressed, but the potential is there. He also plays fantastic defense at 1B. Despite his offensive struggles in 2009 & 2010, the Rangers kept him in the majors longer than they normally would just on the strength of his defense. I like Mitch Moreland, but I feel like Davis has more upside, if someone can just help him figure out how to make more contact. I would feel just as uneasy if the Rangers gave up on him as I did when they traded Smoak for Cliff Lee, but they do need young catchers, and maybe a change of scenery would help Davis.

    • Jordan Campbell

      Thanks for the Input. Because, with us being in Chicago, we just see the struggles in 09 and 10 and think that something is up with that. But, it is nice to hear that some Rangers fans still feel like he has a high potential. BTW, have you ever noticed any difficulties with Rudy Jaramillo and Chris Davis, before Rudy came to the Cubs?

  • gt

    No, sir, and I was just thinking about the fact that Jaramillo was his hitting coach in both 08 & 09. I never heard of any conflicts. There was a change in philosophy when Hurdle came aboard in 2010- more patience, and trying for more contact, which would seem to be what Davis needed to do. I’m no expert, but I think it’s possible he could benefit from being reunited with Rudy.

  • gt

    One other thing I was thinking about- I haven’t seen any mention locally of a CD to Cubs trade. He has been mentioned as a 3rd or 4th piece to a possible Greinke trade.