Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

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Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow.

The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors by May 30, which leaves him at most 3-4 starts at Triple-A to convince the Cubs to call him up.

Davis 37 years old and his 2010 was wrecked by injuries, but prior to that he had an ERA under 5.00 in nine straight seasons and tossed 203 innings in 2009. If healthy he’s still a solid fourth or fifth starter.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.