Lost in the shuffle of the GOD AWFUL performance of your Marquette Golden Eagles this week, was the breaking Brewers' news: They signed Doug Davis! Yay!!! No real surprise there. We all pretty much expected this. Just like we all now pretty much expect Doug to infuriate the populace with outings that are filled with walks, high pitch counts, and pretty much fraught with danger at every turn. Let's just hope that Doug's wriggling off the hook skills haven't deteriorated too much with age.
In an effort to bring us out of our Blue Demon induced blogging coma, I ask what do we think of this? I know Doug Davis isn't a whole lot to get excited about, especially for Brewer fans who already know what they're getting. Another team's fans might be looking at his numbers from the past few years and be more excited about getting a new free agent pitcher. But in Milwaukee, he's just Doug Davis. Be that what it may, Davis is still an upgrade to the Brewers' rotation. He's better than Braden Looper, and we're getting him for $1.75 million less than we paid Looper last year. I don't put too much faith in the whole "he's an innings guy" thing. I'm not sure that pitching crappily, but often is that big of an asset. But the Brewers' rotation last year was pretty damn pitiful, and I think Davis will help.
Also, props to Doug Melvin for getting his guy. Melvin and Co. said they were determined to find pitching help this offseason and they've done that. They've signed 2 of the top 5 or 6 starters on the market. Which doesn't say much for the market, but at least the effort is there. If the pitching could've even been mediocre last year the Brewers would have been legit contenders for the post season. I would have to say that they have made great strides toward achieving that mediocrity in 2010.