Three Seattle Mariners Trades for Zach Davies

John Brewer
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 10: Zach Davies #27 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on July 10, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 10: Zach Davies #27 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on July 10, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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Luis Torrens of the Seattle Mariners reacts to a single.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 15: Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his single against the Minnesota Twins. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

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.

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