Kyle Davies (regretfully) pitched for the Kansas City Royals 2007-2011, accumulating a record of 29-44, with an ERA of 5.34, and a gigantic 1.576 WHIP over 99 starts. It is still amazing that Davies could actually start 99 major league games with an ERA and WHIP that high. In an interesting argument against WAR, Davies actually produced a positive total of 1.6 WAR over those 99 starts. It was very surprising that this number wasn’t well below zero. In fact, from 2008-2010, Davies WAR was 3.6 in 65 starts. Who knew? Davies is arguably one of the worst starting pitchers in the history of baseball.
Davies, after being released by the Royals in 2011, was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays . He threw 8 innings in six relief appearances for the Jays’ AAA Las Vegas club before being non tendered after the season. He did not pitch for any organization in 2012.
One has to assume the Twins are just looking for organizational filler and have nothing to lose with the signing. There is little chance Davies makes the club, especially considering the Twins are not even bothering to bring him in for Spring Training. It is not surprising someone gave him a chance considering he is only 29 years old. Davies would have stretches with the Royals when he impressed but overall, he made Luke Hochevar seem consistent. This is simply the Twins trying to catch lightning in a bottle at very little risk or cost. It really means nothing as far as the AL Central race is concerned but it was an interesting tidbit involving a former Royal.