Zach Davies is someone the Detroit Tigers should consider.
How many people out there have heard of Zach Davies? Probably not that many. The Detroit Tigers should be looking to target him for the back of the team’s rotation. He’s been in the league for seven years and would be someone that could fit this role of a back of the rotation arm.
The right-handed throwing veteran spent the 2021 season with the Chicago Cubs, where he pitched in 32 games where he totaled 148 innings pitched. He posted a 5.78 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, and may not be the most attractive, but the Cubs went into a rebuild.
Davies spent a year with the competing San Diego Padres before his time in Wrigleyville, where he made 12 starts in the shortened season, pitching to a 2.73 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He’s not going to go out there and mow hitters down with strikeouts but could be a pitcher who attacks looking for weak contact.
If the Tigers want to take a chance on someone coming off a not-so-great year, Davies is the player to consider signing. He would be the team’s fourth starter, and it’s hard to think that he would bring in much more than $6 million at most? Even after bringing home north of $8 million in 2021 on his contract with the Cubs, he struggled this summer and may see that value come down.
It could be an opportunity for the Tigers to try and buy low and be able to reap the benefits.