Here comes the least shocking news you’ll hear all weekend.
Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this afternoon that Doug Davis’ $6.5 mutual option for 2011 will not be exercised.
Melvin and Co. signed Davis to a one-year contract last winter in the hope that he would bring a strong veteran presence to what looked to be a weak Milwaukee rotation. That plan flopped immediately as Davis went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in eight starts. He was shut down for the season in early September due to heart and elbow issues.
The Brewers, as a whole, have posted a hideous 4.71 team ERA in 2010.
Davis, 35 next week, could have real trouble finding a spot in a starting rotation for 2011.
The Yankees announced a handful of roster moves on Wednesday, including placing DH Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list with a viral infection. The Yankees also recalled infielder Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and outrighted DH Chris Carter to Triple-A.
Holliday, 37, had been complaining about feeling fatigued and hadn’t played since Saturday. He told manager Joe Girardi, “It feels like someone zapped me of all my energy,” MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reported.
Holliday is batting .262/.366/.511 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI in 276 plate appearances. The Yankees inked him to a one-year, $13 million contract in December.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.