Doug DavisMilwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he wanted to sign to starting pitchers in the offseason and pending a physical for left hander Doug Davis, he will have pulled it off.

Davis agreed to a free-agent contract that’s a 1-year deal with a mutual option for a second season. 

Melvin tried to acquire Davis last season but couldn’t work out the details with the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Durability is a key for Davis and a key to the deal.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he’s the only major-league pitcher to reach at least 200 innings and 34 starts in four of the last six seasons. 

Davis went 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA last season for the Diamondbacks, posting 203 innings.  Included in that is 22 quality starts, with a 2.10 ERA in those outings. 

Davis now joins Yovani Gallardo and newcomer Randy Wolf as guarantees in the rotation.  Manny Parra, Dave Bush, Jeff Suppan and possibly a fourth pitcher will battle for the final two spots in the rotation.

Davis first pitched for the Brewers from 2003 through 2006.  He went 37-36 with a 3.92 ERA in 111 starts.

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