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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  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • This all assumes Chapman doesn't want to be a free agent and possibly sign a $20MM+/year deal. We all know free agents get overpaid, sometimes dramatically (Hello, JayHey!). Not sure why Chapman would agree to the extension. If i'm is agent, I would tell him I could get I'm a $100M deal as a FA.

    billybucks 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'll root for the uniform and imagine it's left-handed Rod Beck or Randy Myers out there I suppose.

    Rob G. 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • Amen to this. I guess it's gonna happen and I'm gonna have to suck it up but I really despise domestic abusers with every bone in my body and cannot stand them on any team I root for.

    johann 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • I just prefer they don't  acquire players that choke their wives/girlfriends.

    Rob G. 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • So you'd rather go with Blown Save guy, when you can trade a prospect who is blocked for one piece that could get you over the top to the Big Dance? That is pretty old thinking. This is not a move that they cannot recover from if it goes south. But the upside is potentially historic.

    The E-Man 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • I'd prefer it not happen too.

    Rob G. 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • it's a hell of a blockbuster, but it's for a guy who pitches 1/3rd of a season at an extreme premium considering the guy being traded and if the early extension $$$ rumors are true.

    it's one of those things that is bringing a guy at the top his game, but something is nagging me that this trade piece could have been put to better use.

    a huge part of me is all "hell yeah, top of the line producer"...another part of me is "hmm, that for that?"

    crunch 4 hours 32 sec ago view
  • Still don't want. Kinda hope they can't work out the extension.

    Charlie 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • obviously not, and I'm sure they did their homework...just hope they have some better answers than the Yankees

    Rob G. 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • Chapman 12+ Career WAR. Currently 4.7:1 k-BB. With Rondon/Chapman/Strop/Nathan/Montgomery/Wood...Its the best pen I can recall other than Sutter or Lee Smith handling things themselves.

    Its gonna suck if he gets injured, and it appears he's not the greatest of characters.

    But, he'll have another Cuban to hang out with on the team.

    The E-Man 4 hours 34 min ago view
  • I agree with the names you mention but there are lots of names being tossed around still and there's that small matter of Chapman agreeing to the extension.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 39 min ago view