Colorado Rockies Land Wade Davis as New Closer

30 December, 2017, 03:03 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Wade Davis Stats | Baseball-Reference.com

The 31-year-old Davis played with the Cubs in 2017 and was the club's only all-star representative in 2017. The deal is reportedly worth $52 million over three years.

Davis, 32, was 4-2 with 32 saves in 33 opportunities and a 2.30 ERA for the Chicago Cubs last season. Acquired from the Kansas City Royals last offseason in a trade for outfielder Jorge Soler, Davis had an earned run average of 2.30 and a WHIP of 1.142 over 59 games and 58.2 innings pitched. The Davis deal includes a fourth-year option that could push the deal upwards of $60 million.

Davis, 32, reached free agency after three solid years as a closer, two with Kansas City and the last with the Cubs.

The Rockies' closer in 2017 was Greg Holland, who saved 41 games in his first season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015 when he was with the Royals. With a deal that's essentially four years and $66 million, Davis sets up other relievers for a big payday.

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Davis has been one of the top relief pitchers in baseball since the Royals converted him in 2014.

With the addition of Davis, the Rockies have guaranteed $106 million on bullpen pitchers this offseason.

Davis' signing boosts a Colorado bullpen that ranked third in the National League with 47 saves and was tops in the league in the fewest blown saves. But with Davis in place as closer, the Rockies may have the kind of bullpen they need to challenge the Dodgers and return to the playoffs in 2018.

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