Bruce Levine over at our sister site, ESPNChicago.com, was at the general manager meetings this week and noted that the Cubs and Rangers were scheduled to get together to see if there were some trade possibilities. Part of Levine's blog note:
Hendry has had numerous meetings with representatives for free agents and has talked to other teams about trade possibilities. The Cubs and Texas Rangers were scheduled to get together to talk about possible matchups. Texas has a need for catching and the Cubs have two solid young catchers in Welington Castillo and Robinson Chirinos. Texas has an abundance of good hitting in their organization and they have excess at first base, a position where the Cubs have a need.
Left-handed hitting Chris Davis is a home-run hitter who turns 25 in March. Davis only played 45 games for the Rangers in 2010. However, in 2008 and 2009 combined he hit 37 home runs in 193 games. The Cubs could make Davis their everyday first baseman and put the money they have available this offseason toward starting pitching and the bullpen.
"This year we obviously need a first baseman for sure," Hendry said. "But there is a large group of free agents and there are trade possibilities as well. I think there is going to be more volume at that position than what people need at that position."
If the market is right, it would make sense for the Rangers to explore a deal, especially if they can bolster the depth at catcher. But the Rangers aren't going to simply give Davis away. They still believe he has some value and can work his way back into a solid major league player. So this isn't a question of just dumping a player. Texas will want some fair value back. Maybe they can get that from a team like the Cubs. Davis is scheduled to play first and third base at winter ball.