UPDATE: IT APPEARS THAT NO DEAL WAS COMPLETED FOLLOWING THE BREWERS CLAIM OF DOUG DAVIS FROM THE DIAMONDBACKS. THE AZ REPUBLIC SAID TEAM OFFICIALS HAVE NOT COMMENTED ON THE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE TEAMS. BUT THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE A TRADE HAS PASSED WITHOUT ANNOUNCEMENT.
The Arizona Republic reportst that the Diamondbacks have offered Doug Davis a one-year contract extension, which he has apparently declined.
Davis wants a two-year deal, the paper reports... Or at least a one-year contract worth about $10 million.
The Brewers have until noon today to work out a deal with the Diamondbacks for Davis. It appears their decision to deal him hinges on if they can keep the potential free agent beyond the end of the 2009 season...
Milwaukee claimed its former pitcher when he was placed on waivers. But Arizona seems to be opposed to just letting Davis go for salary relief.
The Cardinals were one of several teams rumored before the non-waiver trade deadline to be interested in either Davis or Arizona's other pending free agent starter, Jon Garland. But talk back then was that the Diamondbacks demands were extremely excessive for pitchers who have been mediocre at best.
Diamondbacks lefty starter Doug Davis delivers a pitch. AP photo.
The Brewers certainly need starting pitching help more than anything else, which would seem to make them more inclined to make a deal. But Milwaukee doesn't seem to be confident enough to make a big addition. The club recently demoted starting shortstop J.J. Hardy and released third baseman outfielder Bill Hall. Those seem more like throwing in the towel sorts of mood than they are to mortgage the future for a modest improvement in their chances to win now.
But I guess stranger things have happened.