Chicago Cubs: One-and-done for Davis
So, why did Epstein not warrant Davis a second year to see if the work he put in during his inaugural season paid off? Apparently, because of what he heard from the players themselves in their end-of-year exit interviews.
Almost unanimously, Cubs players performed worse than in 2017. The only exceptions to that rule? Ben Zobrist, who put up some of the best numbers of his career at age 37 and Javier Baez, who took a National League MVP race down to the wire in a breakout campaign in which he set career-highs in virtually every offensive category.
But is Davis the reason for these other regressions?