Wade Davis agrees to deal with Rockies

Hannah Rogers
December 30, 2017

Davis has only been a closer for two-and-a-half years and is also three years older than Chapman, and now he is set to earn more than the fireballing lefty despite that.

According to multiple reports, Davis' deal is for three years and worth $52 million, making it the highest per-year salary ever for a reliever.

Wade Davis had a solid 2017 campaign with the Chicago Cubs - 32-33 in save opportunities, with a 2.30 ERA/1.14 WHIP/79 K's in just under 60 innings pitched. Passan also said there is a fourth-year vesting option that could take the total spend to $66 million. Davis won a World Series ring with the Royals in 2015 and helped the Cubs to another World Series appearance past year.

Jeff Bridich was somewhat mocked for saying "yes" three weeks ago when asked if his team could win a World Series in 2018.

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Davis is in a fantastic situation, with the Rockies bullpen already loaded. The Cubs do have all those young position players, and remember that Davis was acquired in an offseason trade with the Royals. Holland is now the top relief pitcher available and should ultimately garner a contract worth nearly as much as the one Davis got.

The Rockies are bringing back lefty Jake McGee (3 years, $27 million), and signed former Cleveland Indians right-hand set-up man Bryan Shaw (3 years, $27 million) earlier this month.

For the Rockies, the addition of Davis should put the finishing touches on the team's bullpen.

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