Chicago Cubs Trade Candidates: #4 – Zach Davies
Now, we already talked about Hendricks, who is easily the best starting pitcher on this staff. But if Jed Hoyer opts to hold on to his prized right-hander, he could look to move the man he traded Darvish for, Zach Davies, instead.
Will Davies bring back a Hendricks-level return? Absolutely not. But given he’s turned things around of late, he could be a key chip for the front office all the same.
Let’s move past his month of April. Davies put up an earned run average pushing 10.00. To say he made a lackluster first impression is putting things very mildly. But since then, it’s been a totally different story. He’s slotted in behind Hendricks and done a fantastic job doing what he can to stabilize the rotation.
Since May 1, Davies is the owner of a 2.84 ERA across 13 starts. He’s been remarkably reliable in the sense that he always takes the ball every five days, although you’d certainly like to see him work deeper into ballgames. Still, he’s shown that his breakout performance with San Diego last year was no fluke – and Chicago could look to move him and capitalize on his strong efforts over the last two months.