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Cubs, Rangers discussing Chris Davis trade

Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:08 pm
Davis The Rangers are working on a deal to trade first baseman Chris Davis and reliever Darren O'Day to the Cubs, as AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price reports.

No word on who would go back to Texas, but it's got to be a good return for the Rangers to move a potential power-hitting first baseman -- strikeout issues notwithstanding -- and a quality reliever in a market that is desperate for bullpen arms.

The Rangers do need a catcher and starting pitching, but there isn't an obvious fit from Chicago that jumps out. One possibility is closer Carlos Marmol, with the Rangers moving Neftali Feliz to the rotation. However, the Rangers were thought to have been waiting on the decision with Feliz until the Cliff Lee saga was worked out. Another option is catcher Geovany Soto but as one of the best young catchers in the game, coughing him up for Davis and O'Day wouldn't make sense.

From Chicago's end, taking a flyer on Chris Davis as first baseman is a fantastic idea, and O'Day would shore up the setup corps. Davis hit just .192/.279/.292 for Texas in 136 plate appearances, striking out 40 times.  He's already flashed his power potential in the bigs, however, combining for 38 home runs over 736 plate appearances from 2008-09. All that's holding him back are the strikeouts.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:00 pm

Cubs, Rangers discussing Chris Davis trade

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