Here’s an interesting one.
According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs.
Davis, who turns 24 in March, has a modest .248/.300/.459 batting line at the big league level and has struggled to make contact, but could be a solution for the Cubs at first base. If they agree on a deal, that probably means the Cubs are out on free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena.
It’s not clear who the Rangers want in return, but it’s possible that they could covet either Robinson Chirinos or Welington Castillo, two young catchers who are currently blocked by Geovany Soto with the big club. Then again, the Rangers just gave a two-year, $6.25 million contract to Yorvit Torrealba, so what do I know? In any case, expect more players involved in the deal, if it happens. It’s even possible that they could be targeting a specific prospect to use in a trade for Zack Greinke or Matt Garza.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.
The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being released by the Braves and signing with the Cubs in August of that season he has been a remarkably effective reliever. He has posted a 2.61 ERA in 61 games in Chicago and has posted a strikeout rate far above his career norms.
He’s not someone you necessarily want taking the hill when the leverage is high, but in San Diego the leverage won’t be all that high all that often.