Cubs Potential Offseason Targets: Rajai Davis

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Let's give credit to Arizona Phil for this suggestion as he pointed out that Rajai Davis qualified for Super Two status and could be available if the A's want to save some money.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP
2006 25 PIT 20 17 14 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 2 3 .143 .250 .214 .464 22 3 0 0
2007 26 TOT 75 219 190 32 53 11 2 1 9 22 6 21 28 .279 .361 .374 .735 92 71 1 4
2007 26 PIT 24 57 48 6 13 2 1 0 2 5 2 7 3 .271 .357 .354 .711 87 17 1 0
2007 26 SFG 51 162 142 26 40 9 1 1 7 17 4 14 25 .282 .363 .380 .743 93 54 0 4
2008 27 TOT 113 226 214 30 52 5 4 3 19 29 6 8 40 .243 .272 .346 .618 68 74 1 1
2008 27 SFG 12 19 18 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 6 .056 .105 .056 .161 -56 1 0 0
2008 27 OAK 101 207 196 28 51 5 4 3 19 25 6 7 34 .260 .288 .372 .660 80 73 1 1
2009 28 OAK 125 432 390 65 119 27 5 3 48 41 12 29 70 .305 .360 .423 .784 112 165 12 7
4 Seasons 333 894 808 128 226 44 11 7 76 93 27 60 141 .280 .336 .387 .724 94 313 14 12
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/26/2009.

Blue Jays vs. Athletics

Those numbers sure are nothing to get you excited, at least not as a starter. On the other hand, he could make an interesting replacement for Reed Johnson as a center field platoon for Kosuke Fukudome if Fukudome stays in center. His career splits don't show a huge advantage versus lefties quite like Reed Johnson. Davis has a career .735 OPS against lefties vs .717 against righties, while Johnson has an .841 OPS versus lefties and just .707 versus righties. On the other hand, Davis is a game changer in the field. Fangraphs and BP both rate him highly as does the Fan's Scouting Report. Those defensive numbers helped contribute to WAR and WARP1 numbers near 4 for 2009 combined with his surge in hitting.

Of course, when you're a speed demon with little power and pedestrian walk rate, you know his BABIP numbers are gonna skew on the high side and lo and behold he had a .366 last year which will be tough to repeat.

I'd probably pass on any potential trade in this case if I were the Cubs. I know the Cubs wanted to add speed to their roster next year and that elusive true leadoff man, but getting in on Davis (maybe a Fuld for Davis trade?), wouldn't be much more different than trading for Juan Pierre or signing Joey Gathright. Yeah, if he could repeat his offensive numbers from last year, his defense and baserunning would make him worthwhile, but I have a hard time giving any assurances that he could repeat those numbers. As a possible platoon partner, he's gonna fare better than Fukudome versus lefties, but just because he's hitting from the right side I don't know if he gives you that much more over Sam Fuld or brining back Reed Johnson.

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Joey Gathright...(shudder)

Don't think it's 3/44, but as of 9 this morning, they're officially the Ricketts Cubs: http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2009/10/cubs-...

I sincerely hope that Rickett's first official action as CEO is completely non-goat related.

This seems like the prototypical Hendry acquistion.

(Buying at the absolute highest point of a guys value)

Agreed, Dr. Aaron.

Isn't it just worth it to keep Sammy Fuld at the cheap price and see if his bat can get going a little bit?

From the LA Times Angels blog:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/angels_blog/2009/1...
"Figgins, even with his .086 postseason average, will be highly coveted in the free agent market, probably getting bids as high as $10 million or $11 million a year. The Angels won't go that high."
Will the Cubs go that high?

Good lord I hope not.

You can get Hermida,Hardy and sign 3-4 signability Amatures in July for that kind of money.

Fight the urge Jimmy. Make him fight the urge Mr. Ricketts.

Your still on the JJ Hardy thing? My god man what don't you get about them not trading Hardy to one of their main rivals in the division? Milton Bradley has a better chance of being anoited a Saint than JJ Hardy ever putting on a Cubs uniform.

agreed. I don't see any chance they deal Hardy to us unless it's a "it's so stupid that we can't pass it up type deal". Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised if the Cubs are waiting on Castro at shortstop and will use Theriot until Castro's ready.

Will the Cubs go that high?

depends how stupid they decide to be this offseason, that would be an epic waste of money

Lou wants a #5 hitter in the worst way; a much higher priority for him than a Figgins-type lead-off guy.

Seems hihgly unlikely that they could jam both Figgins and a true #5 hitter into a $140 million budget.

where do you think Soriano is gonna bat?

Don't you think its dependent on our new hitting coach's success?

so I guess maybe he'll bat 6th...

finding a good defensive center fielder with the power you want to bat 5th isn't gonna happen I'm guessing. Maybe they'll find one a RFer by sheer luck, and keep Fukudome in CF, but I have my serious doubts...

Not a lot of available CFs that can hit fifth. Cameron could certainly be had on a one-year stopgap deal. Damon would be a stretch both at the 5-hole and in center at this point. DeJesus maybe could be had for the right prospect package. Crawford hasn't played a lot of center but could probably cut it out there, but that'd cost a ton of prospects. So would Carlos Beltran, though there was talk the Mets want to move either him or Reyes so they can buy some pitching.

So would Carlos Beltran, though there was talk the Mets want to move either him or Reyes so they can buy some pitching.

I certainly wouldn't count on Beltran getting moved.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/10/carlos-beltr...

fun note if you follow the link in that article, says RSox offered Youk and Shoppach for Beltran to Royals but they went for Buck and Teahan instead.

Pittsburgh has the notoriety because of the losing streak, and almost single-handedly because of Dave Littlefield, but there's a fine argument to be made that KC was the worst team of the decade.

if our main slugger keeps batting 1st this team has more issues than the guy batting leadoff.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 9 hours 12 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 9 hours 18 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 9 hours 23 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 9 hours 46 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 12 hours 3 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 12 hours 20 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 12 hours 24 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 13 hours 9 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 18 hours 14 sec ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 19 hours 13 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 19 hours 17 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 36 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 3 hours ago view