Davies solidified his spot in the Opening Day rotation with a strong showing in Cactus League play, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Davies allowed only one earned run and posted an 8:1 K:BB over eight innings this spring, all but assuring his place in San Diego's rotation. While he doesn't offer much in the strikeout category -- Davies has yet to reach a 20 percent strikeout rate over any season in his career -- the right-hander possesses a steady floor, as he has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in all but one major-league campaign.
Davies agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Davies put together a career year in 2019 with Milwaukee, finishing with a 3.55 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 102 strikeouts across 159.2 frames. He should slot in the near the back end of San Diego's rotation.
The Padres acquired Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Wednesday in exchange for infielder Luis Urias and pitcher Eric Lauer, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Grisham and Urias are the principal pieces in the deal, while Davies and Lauer amount to a swap of depth rotation arms. Davies delivered a career-best 3.55 ERA across 159.2 innings in 2019, but his weak 5.7 K/9 limited his appeal from a fantasy perspective. He'll at least benefit from a change in home field from hitter-friendly Miller Park to the more forgiving Petco Park, which should aid Davies' chances of delivering another sub-4.00 ERA in 2020.
Davies is not on the Brewers' wild-card roster. Davies threw five innings Friday and won't be asked to pitch again on just three days' rest. He'll almost certainly play a role in the divisional round should the Brewers win Tuesday's contest.
Davies did not factor into the decision during Friday's loss to the Rockies, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two across five innings. Davies left the game in line for a win, but the Rockies quickly tied things up and soon took the lead for good following his exit. The right-hander turned in a solid performance of his own, surrendering his lone run of the night in the form of an RBI single to Tony Wolters in the third inning. Davies finishes the regular season with a 10-7 record, 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
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