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Wade Davis | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth inning to grab his 12th save in Tuesday's 3-2 victory against the Orioles.
Davis got Caleb Joseph to line out to open the ninth inning, then struck out Henry Urrutia and Manny Machado consecutively to finalize the game. The right-hander got the opportunity to close out Tuesday's contest again as regular closer Greg Holland has been dealing with a "cranky arm". Davis is 12-for-13 in save chances with a 1.03 ERA and a 60/15 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. He could get a few more save opportunities down the stretch if the Royals want to play it safe with Holland. Aug 26 - 1:19 AM

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Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save, finalizing Wednesday's 4-3 win against the Reds.

Davis allowed a one-out single and a two-out walk, but struck out Joey Votto to end the game. He was ostensibly giving regular closer Greg Holland a breather after tossing 23 pitches in the 13th inning of Tuesday's win. Davis is 10-for-11 in save situations on the year with a 1.09 ERA and a 56/14 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings.
Aug 20 - 12:44 AM

Wade Davis (back) was pegged for two runs over an inning of work Thursday in his return to action.

Davis has battled a sore back this month and, probably not coincidentally, three out of the five runs he's allowed all season have come in his last three appearances. It doesn't appear at this point that the Royals have considered placing him on the disabled list, but some more rest might be beneficial.
Aug 14 - 8:20 AM

Wade Davis (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Davis has been limited to one appearance since August 1 due to lingering soreness in his back. He is hoping to be available out of the Kansas City bullpen on Thursday, but the Royals hold a massive lead in the AL Central and can play it safe with their dominating setup man.
Aug 12 - 5:06 PM

Wade Davis (back) expects to be available for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

He has been dealing with a minor back issue in recent days, but felt better on Saturday. He'll test it out by playing catch before the game, but is expected to be ready to action.
Aug 1 - 11:03 AM

Wade Davis notched his ninth save with a scoreless ninth Sunday against the Athletics.

Greg Holland was given this one off after working both Friday and Saturday. Davis has allowed one run in 33 innings this season. Currently at 0.27, he's almost to the point at which he can pitch a scoreless inning without his ERA changing in the box score.
Jun 28 - 8:15 PM

Wade Davis replaced Greg Holland and converted his eighth save of the season in Monday's 8-5 win over the Brewers.

Davis was asked to wiggle out of a jam after Holland allowed three runs to score in the ninth inning without retiring a batter. Fortunately for the Royals, he was equal to the task. With runners on second and third, Holland struck out Ryan Braun swinging before getting Adam Lind to line out and Aramis Ramirez to fly out. Holland has already had one stint on the disabled list this year and hasn't looked like his normal self, so make sure that Davis isn't sitting on the wire in fantasy leagues.
Jun 16 - 12:35 AM

Wade Davis was asked to earn the save Tuesday, closing out the Reds in a Royals win.

With Greg Holland unavailable due to a stiff neck, Davis stepped in and had little trouble locking down the win. The right-hander struck out two in his inning of work. Davis now has seven saves and has yet to allow a run this year. Holland's situation bears monitoring, as Davis will be the go-to pitcher if the closer is unavailable to pitch in the coming days.
May 19 - 11:07 PM

Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians to earn his sixth save of the season Tuesday.

Davis gave up a hit while striking out one. The save was likely Davis' last for a while, as Royals closer Greg Holland is scheduled to be activated Wednesday. With Holland's return, Davis will go back to being the most dominant setup man in baseball.
May 5 - 10:41 PM

Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Tigers on Friday, protecting a three-run lead to secure his fifth save of the season.

He did allow a pair of hits that brought the tying run to the dish, but was able to avert any damage. The dominating right-hander hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings on the season and boasts an 11/1 K/BB ratio.
May 1 - 11:30 PM

Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Twins Tuesday to earn his third save of the season.

Davis didn't exactly get the heart of the Twins' order, but it might not have mattered. The right-hander got Kurt Suzuki and Edwin Escobar to make outs before striking out Danny Santana to end the game. Davis has given up just one hit and one walk over seven scoreless innings, and he's filled in for the injured Greg Holland with ease.
Apr 21 - 11:18 PM

Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the A's.

Davis was the beneficiary of Kendrys Morales' go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning. After the Royals took a 4-2 lead, Davis shut the door on the A's, striking out two. He's fanned seven and allowed just one hit over six innings thus far. As long as Greg Holland (right pectoral strain) is on the shelf, Davis figures to see save chances. He should be owned in mixed leagues.
Apr 19 - 6:26 PM

Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth against the Angels for his first save on Friday.

The Royals gave Greg Holland the day off after using him the previous two days. Davis already has a win and five strikeouts to his credit this season. He's about as valuable for fantasy purposes as a pure setup man can be.
Apr 11 - 1:48 AM

Royals exercised RHP Wade Davis' $7 million option for 2015.

The club obviously didn't have to think much about that one. Davis was one of the best relievers in baseball this season, holding a 1.00 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 109/23 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. There's been some speculation that Kansas City could entertain offers for Davis and/or Greg Holland this offseason. Davis is certainly capable of being an elite closer should he get the chance.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks the Royals may have to entertain trade offers for Wade Davis and Greg Holland over the winter.

Davis has a $7 million option for the 2015 season, and Holland will be due an arbitration raise that will likely see him paid in that range as well. As such, Sherman wonders if a team with a payroll the size of the Royals' can afford to allocate that much salary to the back end of the bullpen. "Yes, in the immediate it works," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "We can make that fit. But we do have to analyze our roster from an economic standpoint every year." Davis could be a closer on most teams, and with some reasonable options that could keep him with a team through 2017 he could be a popular name in trade talks this winter.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:59:00 PM

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2B1Ben Zobrist
2Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
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DH1Kendrys Morales
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S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Kris Medlen
6Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Jeremy Guthrie
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn