Chicago Cubs: 3 more guys you should be prepared to lose this winter

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3 More Chicago Cubs Likely to be Gone After This Year – #2: Zach Davies

Zach Davies was acquired in the offseason via the highly-criticized Yu Darvish trade. For a while in 2020, Davies was actually in the running for Cy Young as he had started out with a 7-0 record which was the best in baseball at the time. That was pretty much the only optimism that could be found at the time when the Cubs let their ace go for next-to-nothing.

Davies has not at all lived up to his numbers from the season prior. Davies currently has a 6-9 record with a 5.00 ERA. His FIP also sits at 5.06 which tells you there’s really nothing unlucky going on to be giving him such a high earned run average. Though rebounding nicely in his last start against Miami, throwing six shutout innings with 7 Ks, one could only hope those would be his numbers against a team that is 17 games under .500.

Prior to that, Davies gave up back-to-back starts allowing seven earned runs in each contest, one to the Rockies and one to the White Sox. He only made it a combined six innings between the two starts. A start before that, he gave up four to Cincinnati. Davies’ price tag of $8,630,000 is quite steep when you look at the results of his outings. It is doubtful he is offered another contract, pouring more salt in the wound of the Darvish trade (which could, of course, look better down the road).