Chris Davis, Darren O'Day Subject of Trade Talks Between Cubs, Rangers
A second source told FanHouse's Jeff Fletcher that the Rangers are discussing O'Day with the Cubs, but they haven't settled on the second player.
The Cubs are seeking a first baseman who bats left-handed and have talked to free agent Carlos Pena.
Davis, 25 in March, was the Rangers' Opening Day first baseman in 2009 but lost his job in Texas to Justin Smoak and then Mitch Moreland. He has shown power potential, with 39 homers and 47 doubles in 806 big-league at-bats, but has struck out 278 times and hit .248. Davis this year batted .192 with one homer and four RBI in 120 at-bats.
Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo knows Davis from his time with the Rangers.
O'Day, 28, is a right-handed sidearmer who was 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA and his his 0.887 WHIP was the eighth-lowest in the majors among pitchers with at least 50 innings.
Over the past two seasons, O'Day has a 1.94 ERA -- better than all relievers with 100 innings except Mike Adams, Andrew Bailey and Mariano Rivera.