Mariners First Trade Offer to Cubs for Zach Davies
The first trade the Mariners could propose to the Cubs: Zach Davies for Luis Torrens ($3.7M MTV). Torrens currently flexes between catcher and first base, but it’s likely the Cubs would be interested in playing him at 1B in the event Rizzo gets dealt. Torrens currently has a slash line of .223/.291/.462 and has an OPS+ of 110. This slash line is a noticeable decline from Rizzo’s (.248/.346/.441, 115 OPS+), but does fall in line with the rest of the Cubs’ infield.
In fact, Torrens would offer the second-highest OPS+ in the Cubs infield, behind only Contreras (115). On paper, this is an overpay by the Mariners for a number 4 who leads the league in walks – the Mariners would need the Cubs to handle the financial commitments made to Davies through the end of 2021.
It’s a perfect example of how convoluted the starting pitching market is right now, and how competition only drives up asking prices. This really boils down to whether the Mariners can make a lesser trade stick, or if they can find an arm from another team. If they’re desperate, they might push this through.