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Wade Davis | Relief Pitcher | #71

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are showing interest in Wade Davis.
Rosenthal notes that Davis has a connection to new Nationals manager Dave Martinez from the 2017 season they spent together with the Cubs. Davis is also drawing interest from the Cardinals and Rockies this winter. He should land the richest contract of any available reliever, even at age 32. Dec 12 - 9:37 PM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cardinals are among the teams in on free agent reliever Wade Davis.

Passan says the Cardinals have prioritized "late-inning relief help" to complement their recent signing of setup man Luke Gregerson. Davis would almost certainly be the primary closer in St. Louis after putting up a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 regular-season innings with the rival Cubs in 2017. There's also known to be serious interest from the Rockies.
Dec 12 - 5:05 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rockies have expressed interest in free agent Wade Davis.

Morosi says the Rockies are "pursuing various options" to fill their vacancy at closer and have even reached out to the Orioles about acquiring Zach Britton. Davis rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cubs earlier this month and will be seeking one of the richest relief contracts on the market this winter after registering a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 regular-season innings in 2017.
Nov 30 - 12:40 PM

RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017.
Nov 17 - 11:29 AM

Cubs extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Wade Davis.

It might be around what Davis will get annually this winter, but he'll get a multi-year contract somewhere. The closer posted a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings this season in his lone year with the Cubs.
Nov 6 - 5:35 PM

Wade Davis picked up the save of Game 4 by pitching two innings and allowing just one run in a win over the Dodgers in the NLCS on Wednesday.

The good news for the Cubs is that Davis was able to get the job done, allowing just a solo homer to the red-hot Justin Turner. The bad news is that he had to throw 48 pitches -- all of them obviously high-leverage -- and likely won't be available for Game 5 on Thursday. If there's anything we've learned from this postseason it's you can't manage for tomorrow, but we'll have to see how the Cubs are able to respond without their best reliever, in all likelihood.
Oct 19 - 12:28 AM

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday's loss that he was saving closer Wade Davis for a save situation.

"I really needed him for the save tonight. He had limited pitches," Maddon quipped when asked by reporters after the game. Instead of turning to Davis, he went with Brian Duensing and then John Lackey to get through the ninth inning, a decision that ended in Justin Turner clubbing a walk-off three-run homer.
Oct 16 - 12:15 AM

Wade Davis got a seven-out save, giving up one run, as the Cubs finished off the Nationals on Thursday.

Joe Maddon had already used everyone he wanted to use, so Davis came in with two on and two out in the seventh. He struck out Ryan Zimmerman to preserve a 9-7 lead, but he was shaky in the eighth, walking two before getting a double play and then giving up two hits to score a run. The inning ended on a pickoff play at first when it was ruled on replay that Jose Lobaton came off the bag on his slide back into first. Bailed out of the jam, Davis came back out for the ninth and retired Trea Turner, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper in order.
Oct 13 - 1:00 AM

Wade Davis tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record the save in Monday's win over the Nationals.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Davis faced little resistance from the Nats in the top of the ninth inning, getting a strikeout, groundout and popout while needing just 13 pitches to complete the frame. Davis has recorded saves in both of the Cubs' NLDS victories and has yet to allow a runner to reach base.
Oct 9 - 7:44 PM

Wade Davis struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Nationals on Friday.

He was protecting a 3-0 lead and retired the side in order. He induced a groundout from Daniel Murphy, punched out Ryan Zimmerman and got Jayson Werth to pop up to the catcher in foul territory. The former Royal blew just one save this season and successfully converted 32 chances. He had a 2.30 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.
Oct 6 - 11:43 PM

Wade Davis suffered his first blown save of the 2017 season, serving up a game-tying solo homer to Orlando Arcia in the ninth inning on Saturday.

Davis had been a perfect 32-for-32 in save chances on the season. In a bit of a curious move, Davis was sent back out for the 10th inning after the Cubs had taken the lead in the top half of the frame, and he served up a two-run homer to Travis Shaw to take the loss in the game. Even with this hiccup, the right-hander owns a terrific 2.38 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
Sep 23 - 4:26 PM

Wade Davis struck out the side to earn his 32nd save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

All three punchouts were of the swinging variety, as Davis went through Brad Miller, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza with ease. The Cubs are using Davis more liberally here in September after being careful with him for the first five months following last year's arm issues.
Sep 19 - 10:12 PM

Wade Davis earned his 31st save of the season Sunday versus the Cardinals.

Davis gave up a leadoff single to Tommy Pham but retired the next three batters he faced to strand Pham at first base and finish off a big three-game sweep of the rival Redbirds. Davis owns a stellar 2.05 ERA in 52 2/3 innings this season with Chicago and he has not blown a save opportunity.
Sep 17 - 6:12 PM

Wade Davis struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Cardinals on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead and got the job done without much drama, although he did bean Dexter Fowler with a pitch. It was his 30th save of the season, which is a career high for the 32-year-old former starting pitcher. He has yet to blow a save this year. He has a 2.09 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.
Sep 16 - 7:35 PM

Wade Davis tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the Cubs' win over the Cardinals on Friday.

It's the first time all season that manager Joe Maddon has asked Davis to get more than three outs, as the club has been careful with the closer following last season's arm issues. Davis walked the first batter he saw to load the bases in the eighth inning Friday, but he got a flyout to end the threat and then completed a 1-2-3 ninth. Maddon said that Davis will be available to pitch Saturday.
Sep 15 - 6:05 PM

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