Originally a 13th-round pick of the Pirates, Davis has pitched in 96 major league games, most recently with Milwaukee in 2005. The signing was first reported by Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
The 6-3 right-hander saw most of his action with Colorado in 2001, going 2-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 57 appearances, all in relief. In addition, he’s pitched with Cleveland, Milwaukee and the Mets, most recently with the Brewers in 2005, where he went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 16 2-3 innings.
Following the season, the Brewers re-signed him to a one-year, $375,000 non-guaranteed deal. However, he never made it past spring training due to shoulder tendinitus and was placed on waivers. He finished the season pitching for Somerset of the independent Atlantic League.
From an earlier scouting report: For someone with so little major-league experience, he has remarkable poise with runners aboard. He shows no fear against righties, who are growing to fear him. Unfortunately, his poise with runners aboard abandons him when the game is on the line in the late innings. Also, while right handed hitters may fear him, lefties love him.
Beerleaguer: Let the dumpster diving begin. Davis is grade-A baseball refuse, and that's not always a bad thing. There's a funk, but at least he's cheap. Minor league contract aside, he's in line for a major league job with the bullpen-depleted Phillies.