Davis: 'Going back to Milwaukee would be fun'

According to sources of SI.com, the Brewers put a waiver claim on D-backs left-hander Doug Davis on Tuesday or Wednesday, giving the teams 48 hours from the time of the claim to work out a trade.

Davis told MLB.com Wednesday night that he heard reports of the Brewers’ claim but had not received an official word from either team.  A free agent at the end of the season, Davis said he is seeking a long-term deal.

“Going back to Milwaukee would be fun,” he said. “I know the fans would be behind me.”

Unfortunately, it’s not up to him. The Brewers showed some interest in the 33-year-old ahead of the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline but never came close to a deal. At that time, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he didn’t think Arizona GM Josh Byrnes would move Davis at all.

In 24 starts this year, Davis is 7-10 with a 3.62 ERA. It’s his best mark since he posted a 3.39 ERA for Milwaukee in 2005.

Now 33, Davis pitched for the Brewers from 2003-2006 before he was packaged in
an ill-fated deal with the D-backs that brought catcher Johnny Estrada
and pitchers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas. The Brewers have already
re-acquired Vargas this season to plug a hole on an injury- and
slump-ridden pitching staff that earlier Wednesday cost pitching coach
Bill Castro his job.

Davis would cost about $3 million over the rest of the season and is eligible for free agency in October. But, for the right price, he could provide insurance for the Brewers in case injured starters Dave Bush (triceps) and Jeff Suppan (oblique) continue to stall on the disabled list.

Melvin typically does not comment about players on waivers. Asked Tuesday whether any pitchers of interest to the Brewers had been waived, Melvin responded vaguely, “Not anyone I want to talk about.” 

Davis also spoke earlier in the day, before the report emerged identifying Milwaukee as the team of interest.

“It’s a win-win situation,” he said of the possibility of being dealt. “I go to a team that’s probably contending, this team gets something they probably need and I still become a free agent at the end of the year and can possibly come back here.”

Pitching in the playoffs is a big carrot for Davis.

“I could get a couple of starts in the playoffs and you’re one game away from a huge contract,” he said. “That’s pretty much what it is. You hit a big home run and you pretty much play for the rest of your career based on that one home run. Just that one big game, you end up showing you could get that big hit or pitch a big game.”

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