Doug Davis almost certainly will remain with the Diamondbacks for the rest of the season.
The D-backs and Milwaukee were unable to work out a trade by the end of their 48-hour window on Friday afternoon, so Davis remained in Arizona. The Brewers claimed Davis off waivers Wednesday.
Davis, like almost every D-backs player, was sent through waivers as a matter of course when the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passed. Players can be pulled back from the waiver wire once; if the D-backs ask for waivers on Davis again this season, they will lose him -- with no compensation -- to the team that claims him.
It is known that the tight-budget D-backs do not wish to pay any remaining portion of a traded player's salary, and that certainly played into negotiations with Milwaukee, which needs pitching help while slumping in the NL Central.
Davis, a free agent after this season, is due about $2.75 million over the rest of the season. The Brewers did agree to pay the remaining $1.25 million of 2B Felipe Lopez's salary when they acquired him for two middle-rung prospects from the D-backs on July 19.
"We would have to receive value that (general manager) Josh Byrnes and his staff cherish in return for a deal to get done," team president and CEO Derrick Hall said in an online chat session Thursday afternoon.
Hall also said the D-backs want to re-sign starting pitcher Brandon Webb to for 2010, although they will not have a full read on his health by the first week following the World Series, which is their deadline for picking up his $8.5 million option for 2010 or paying him a $2 million buyout. Webb underwent what was termed a shoulder cleanup a week ago after making only one start this year.
"We hope he is in healthy enough condition for us to offer the extension. A rotation with Webb and (Dan) Haren makes a big difference," Hall said.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 1: RHP Dan Haren made a quality for the first time in his last five outings while limiting the Dodgers to six hits in eight innings. Haren (12-7) struck out eight, walked two and gave up only a solo homer while also singling in a run in the D-backs' four-run second inning. He had given up 16 runs in his previous four outings. OF Trent Oeltjen singled in the second and has hit safely in six of his first seven major league games.
--OF Chris Young was 4-for-5, all singles, with four runs and two RBIs while hitting second in the order in Class AAA Reno's 17-6 victory over Round Rock on Friday. It was Young's his first game at Reno since being optioned Monday. Reno
had been in Omaha for games Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon before being idle Thursday. Since Young had 72 hours to report to his new team, the D-backs felt it best simply to wait until Reno returned home to begin an eight-game homestand against Round Rock and Albuquerque. Young was hitting .194 with 23 doubles, seven homers and 28 RBI in 103 games when he was optioned.
--Manager A.J. Hinch has been ejected twice in the past seven games after getting tossed in the middle of the eighth inning Wednesday, when he went to RHP Jon Rauch's defense. Rauch was ejected by plate umpire Mike Everitt after disputing two pitches that were called balls (each would have resulted in a third strike). Each batter reached safely and scored in a two-run inning that broke a 4-4 tie and handed Rauch his first loss of the season. Hinch had his first career ejection Aug. 7 when OF Trent Oeltjen was called out on a play at first base. Replays appeared to indicate Oeltjen was safe.
--RHP Chad Qualls converted his ninth consecutive save opportunity by stranding two runners in the ninth inning of a 4-1 victory Friday. Qualls, who extended his career high in saves to 22 in his first season as a closer, has converted all six of his chances since the All-Star break. He tied RHP Matt Mantei (1999) for sixth place in franchise history for saves in a season.
--2B Rusty Ryal doubled and walked in three plate appearances Friday, his second start of the season, to get another right-handed bat into the lineup against Dodgers' LHP Clayton Kershaw. Ryal doubled twice in his first major league start Wednesday, and is four for seven in his first four major league games since being purchased Monday. He had 33 doubles at Class AAA Reno this season.
--RHP Yusmeiro Petit will start the final game of the series Sunday, a departure from the original plan of pushing back Petit and starting RHP Max Scherzer. Both could pitch on regular rest because of the off day Thursday. Scherzer, who threw 118 pitches in 6 2/3 innings of a 6-2 victory over the Mets on Tuesday, is to start the makeup game Monday in Atlanta.
--RHP Brandon Webb told the media his right shoulder cleanup went well, "as well as to be expected," and that he believes he will be on track to start spring training. Webb expects his rehab process to take about three months. The D-backs must decide whether to pick up his $8.5 million option the week after the World Series ends, likely in early November. "I'm going to be pitching somewhere next spring, so hopefully it's here," he said. "The ball is in their court."
--RHP Tom Gordon, released Tuesday after an ineffective rehab assignment, is one of four pitchers in major league history with at least 135 victories and 155 saves. Gordon, who has 138 victories and 158 saves, did not get one of either with the D-backs this season after spending only a week on the active roster, sandwiched between offseason elbow surgery that delayed him out of spring training and a severe hamstring injury suffered in a May 3 game in Milwaukee. Dennis Eckersley (197 wins, 380 saves), Hoyt Wilhelm (143, 227), and Lindy McDaniel (141, 172) are the others. John Smoltz, recently released by Boston, has 212 victories and 154 saves.
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