Cubs fire hitting coach Chili Davis

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James Neveau of NBC Chicago reports that the Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis.

Davis, 58, joined the Cubs after the completion of the 2017 season. Aside from batting average, the Cubs regressed offensively — slightly, it should be noted — in a lot of offensive areas in 2018, so Davis pays the price for that. His stint with the Cubs lasts just one year.

Cubs AVG OBP SLG BB% K% ISO wOBA
2016 .256 .343 .429 10.4% 21.1% .173 .333
2017 .255 .338 .437 9.9% 22.3% .182 .331
2018 .258 .333 .410 9.0% 21.8% .152 .321

The Cubs’ offense waned in September as the team in aggregate put up a .663 OPS in 29 games. They went 16-12 in the final month while the Brewers went 19-7. That resulted in a deadlock at the top of the NL Central at the end of the season, forcing a Game 163 tiebreaker which the Brewers wound up winning.

Davis previously coached for the Athletics (2012-14) and Red Sox (2015-17). He will probably be able to find work elsewhere, though a one-year stint with an otherwise successful team isn’t exactly the greatest look.

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn’t expect the club to make a $17.9 million qualifying offer to free agent third baseman Adrián Beltré, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Daniels has been in touch with the 39-year-old, who may retire.

Beltré battled hip and hamstring issues throughout the past season, limiting him to 119 games. He hit .273/.328/.434 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 481 plate appearances. Going by adjusted OPS, his mark of 98 — 100 is average — was his lowest in a season since 2009 with the Mariners. Beltré’s career average is 116 and he put up a 132 in 2017 and 128 in ’16.

Beltré appears to have some stuff left in the tank. He may not be an All-Star-caliber player anymore, but he can still hit at an average level and he is still an above-average defender. It’s just a matter of his body holding up to allow him to do what he needs to do. If Beltré does decide to re-up with the Rangers for 2019, the club will be prepared to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jurickson Profar over to the hot corner as they did in 2018 in the event Beltré gets bitten by the injury bug.