The heavily mentioned Chris Davis trade, appears to be on the verge of happening

Cubs Approval Needed To Complete Davis Trade

The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers appear to be on the verge of completing the heavily mentioned Chris Davis to the Cubs trade, that was first talked about a couple weeks ago. According to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse, the Rangers would send Chris Davis and reliever Darren O’Day to the Cubs for prospects. The Cubs would likely send catching prospect Robinson Chirinos, and pitching prospect Rafael Dolis to the Texas Rangers.

It should be mentioned that prospects that the Cubs would be giving up in this deal are unconfirmed, but, Bruce Levine did mention in his chat today that Robinson Chirinos is in the package, as well as another pitching prospect. Which would be where Rafael Dolis would come in. The trade is reportedly waiting final approval from the Chicago Cubs.

As I’m sure many of you know by now, we have looked into what Chris Davis has done over his first three seasons with the Texas Rangers. In 2008, Davis had a line of .285/.331/.549 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI’s. Davis had another strong power year in 2009, when despite hitting .238/.284/.442 he had 21 home runs and 59 RBI’s. 2010 is when Davis fell completely off the map as he struggled by hitting .192/.279/.292 in 120 at bats with 1 home run. It is interesting that 2010, was the first year that Chris Davis was not working with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who joined the Cubs after the 2009 season. To be honest, the Cubs have probably talked to Jaramillo about Davis already, and must feel that he can fix whatever is wrong with his swing.

Darren O’day,28, is not to be overlooked in this trade either. In fact, you can argue that he would be a bigger addition to the Cubs than Davis would be. In 2010, O’day had a very good season with the Texas Rangers as in 72 games he had an ERA of 2.03 with a WHIP of 0.89. If the Cubs do acquire O’day, he could very well replace Andrew Cashner in the bullpen. That would then allow the Cubs to move Cashner into the starting rotation.

Robinson Chirinos is appears to be a quality young catcher, but would be blocked on the Cubs considering that Geovany Soto will probably be the Cubs starter for the long term. Chirinos shined this year in double A, as well as triple A. In 77 games with the Tennessee Smokies in double A, Chirinos hit .314/.409/.576 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI’s. In 15 games with the Iowa Cubs in triple A, he hit ..345/.419/.582 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI’s.

Rafael Dolis has been with the Cubs since 2006, and finally made it to double A this past season. With the Smokies, Dolis had a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 4.07 and WHIP of 1.66.

This trade makes a lot of sense for the Chicago Cubs, because they are essentially killing two birds with one stone. As, Chris Davis would provide first base depth for the Chicago Cubs, and O’day would net the Cubs the solid reliever that they have been looking for. The potential acquisition of Chris Davis, does not preclude the Cubs from going after Carlos Pena.

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  • Luke Blaize

    From a pitching perspective, Cubs are giving up a potential arm for a solid bullpen guy. Dolis will make some top prospect lists, including the one I talked about tomorrow, but he needs some polish before we start thinking of him as a major league ready pitcher. I’m not sure what his ceiling is, but in a pitching rich Cubs system, swapping him for a good major league bullpen arm is not a bad idea.

    Chirinos has the potential power to make the Rangers happy. I think he has a shot to be the starting catcher with the Rangers in a year or two.

    And Davis has the potential strikeout rate to make every Cub fan cry himself to sleep. Davis absolutely has to bring his strikeout rate down from his horrific 35% or he won’t even get off the bench. If Jaramillo believes he can make that happen, I won’t question the guy. In 2008 DAvis struck out merely 29% of the time. That’s more tolerable, and if he can do that with a SLG over .500, this could be a pretty good trade.

    He could also challenge for the league strike out record.

  • tex

    I heard that the Cubs are close to signing Pena tonight for 2 years with an option. If that is the case, I don’t understand this deal. Chirinos has more upside than Catillo and Davis would be (I assume) starting in AAA and be blocked by Pena for the next 2 or 3 years.

    • Mike

      Davis can also play 3rd base as well which makes him appealing. Also consider the Cubs don’t have any 1B in the minors other than Vitters who is playing some 1B as well.

    • Jordan Campbell

      People I have talked to, believed that a Pena signing is imminent. Considering that the Cubs are meeting with Pena’s reps tonight, it is fair to say that a signing could be close. Davis would be the backup first and third basemen for the Chicago Cubs.

      • Luke Blaize

        Then the Cubs are giving up far too much for a backup infielder, particularly given their system is already deep in infielders. The only way this deal works for Hendry is if Davis is the regular first baseman. Or third baseman, I suppose, if Ramierez is traded. He does have 44 starts at third.

        • Jordan Campbell

          The Cubs are also getting a quality reliever, you can’t overlook that

      • Larry


        If the Cubs sign Pena, will they still be looking to bring in Davis? I do like O’Day as an addition to the pen.

        • Jordan Campbell

          From all the things I have heard, a Chris Davis trade would not preclude the the Cubs from going after Carlos Pena. The Cubs really like Carlos Pena, and feel that he could be a productive hitter between Ramirez and Soriano. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs love Chris Davis. They feel that Davis is possibly there long term solution at first base, however, he may be a power bat off the bench, if the Cubs do sign Pena

  • Luke Blaize

    Jordan is more tied into the rumors scene than I am, but I cannot see how it makes sense to sign Pena and trade for Davis either. They are both left handed first basebmen, and Pena’s defense isn’t that much better than Davis’s looks to be.

    I’d like to see Pena on the team from a leadership standpoint, but I don’t think I sign a lefty first baseman when I’ve already traded for one to make that happen. If I had to guess, I’d say that Pena is the backup move if the Davis trade falls through.

    • Luke Blaize

      I’m also not sure I’d agree that Chirinos has more upside than Wellington Castillo. More power, very likely. I think Castillo may turn out to be the better catcher. There is no reason to doubt either of them.

  • chicubs0208

    Davis would not start in AAA. If Pena AND Davis end up on the cubs, Davis is the LH power hitter off the bench, while getting some starts. He is only 24 years old, so waiting 2 years to be a starter is not bad at all. He has so much power and getting back with Jaramillo will do him some good. Chirinos may be better than Castillo, but it doesn’t matter because both are blocked by Soto, who will be here for the long-term. And for that matter are blocked by Hill. Davis, if Pena is signed also, is what Daryl Ward was, but imo, better. Davis would excel power wise in Wrigley and has a good glove. Also, like was said in the post, O’Day will be great in the cubs pen. He is a very solid arm that will help solidify a very shaky pen. O’Day, Marmol, Marshall, Guzman, Grabow with Russell, Gray, Cashner, Berg, Cadrid, Diamond, and Stevens will be a great thing. Cubs pen has a great future outlook imo, and adding O’Day would be great, and he is young too at 28.

  • tex

    Yes and there is still some who believe Vitters might eventually be moved to 1st base.

  • tex

    Chicubs- I would find that hard to believe that they would have Davis starting the season on the bench. They would want him to get at bats and I am sure he would start the season in AAA.

  • Ace

    Davis’ (relative) versatility makes him attractive, even if the Cubs sign a guy like Pena.

    But if the Cubs land O’Day, he’s easily as big a get as Davis would be.

    • Luke Blaize

      Gotta agree here. O’Day would be a solid pickup. In the current bullpen, I’d see him as the 7th inning guy. That gives the Cubs an excellent back end of the bullpen.

  • joehan

    I’m loving the comment action for this post! Lets hope we get some finalized deals tonight! Whether is Pena, Davis/O’Day, or both deals!