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Wade Davis | Relief Pitcher | #71

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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Cubs acquired RHP Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler.
Medicals weren’t a sure thing after Davis’ forearm issues from last season, but the Cubs were apparently satisfied with what they saw. If healthy, Davis is a tremendous pickup for the back-end of this bullpen. The 31-year-old wasn’t as dominant by his usual insanely lofty standards in 2016, but he owns an incredible 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances over the last three seasons. He’s going into his final year of team control. Wed, Dec 7, 2016 01:57:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that if a deal is completed between the Cubs and Royals, it will be a one-for-one swap with Wade Davis and Jorge Soler.

There had been some chatter about other prospects potentially going to the Royals, but it will be a straight-up swap. Davis carries some health questions and the Cubs are apparently going over his medicals before the deal is finalized, but given the recent price of top-tier relievers, this has a chance to be a great move if he can stay healthy in his walk year. Soler still possesses considerable upside, but he's an expendable piece in Chicago.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs and Royals have agreed to a Wade Davis-Jorge Soler swap, pending medicals.

It's not a done deal, but assuming the Cubs don't have any issues with Davis' medical records, it could be announced Wednesday morning. On the surface, it's not an overwhelming return for Davis, but he only has one year remaining on his contract and he's coming off a season where he was bothered by some forearm issues. Still, there's no questioning his ability if healthy. The 31-year-old owns a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons and will immediately take over the closer role in Chicago. As for Soler, his star has faded a bit over the past two seasons, but there's huge power potential here and the Royals will happily take a chance on him.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:05:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Wade Davis from the Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.

There was a late push from the Nationals, but they apparently weren't able to beat the Cubs' offer of Soler. Davis is coming off a year filled with forearm troubles, but he still managed a 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings and the 31-year-old right-hander holds a brilliant 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons. He is probably going to open the 2017 campaign as the Cubs' closer. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the trade is "seriously down the road" but probably won't be fully completed until sometime Wednesday. Chicago is probably poring over Davis' medical records.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:35:00 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports the Nationals "have made a late a push" for Royals closer Wade Davis.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported an hour ago that the Cubs were closing in on a trade for Davis, but it seems the Nats are trying to beat Chicago's offer. Davis registered a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this summer for Kansas City while fighting through forearm troubles. He is due to become a free agent next winter, with a $10 million salary locked in for 2017. Look for something more official soon.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:07:00 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "there could be a snag" in the trade that was supposed to send Wade Davis to the Cubs.

ESPN's Buster Olney just reported that the Cubs were closing in on acquiring Davis, but Passan says the deal "never was done" and is "far from a certain thing at this point." Davis struggled with forearm issues in 2016, but he boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three years and seems to be drawing heavy trade interest at the Winter Meetings. Kansas City will find a partner eventually if the motivation is there.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:46:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are closing in on a trade for Royals closer Wade Davis.

Not wanting to wade into the big-money waters of the free agent closer market, the Cubs have decided to replace Aroldis Chapman via trade. No word yet on what's headed to Kansas City in return. Davis boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons, though he did battle forearm problems in 2016 and saw a drop in both velocity and strikeout rate.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:18:00 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "an increasing expectation" that the Royals will trade closer Wade Davis.

Passan adds that it "could happen soon." There's known to be some level of interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, and Mets, though Davis would fit just about anywhere as long as the pre-trade physical goes smoothly. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this past season for the Royals, fighting through some mid-summer arm troubles. Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.18 ERA in 182 2/3 frames. Davis is scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 07:07:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers and Royals are engaged in trade discussions, but that progress is slow.

Wade Davis is a logical target as the Dodgers weigh an alternative to free agents Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman for the closer role, but they could also be talking about third baseman Mike Moustakas with Justin Turner's return in question. Davis and Moustakas are both due to become free agents after 2017.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets have talked to the Royals about Wade Davis.

It appears to be due diligence more than anything else, as Martino writes that it's hard to see a fit in regard to prospects and cost. The Mets are currently trying to flip Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson to clear some salary and perhaps get a reliever in return. There are just better matches out there for Kansas City.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:33:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "among most serious" of the early suitors for Wade Davis.

It essentially confirms an earlier report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi. The Cubs don't appear to have real interest in re-signing Aroldis Chapman, but Davis would be a great alternative if he can manage to stay healthy next season. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings in 2016 but battled arm issues in the second half.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 05:26:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have inquired on Royals closer Wade Davis.

Mark Melancon is already off the board (Giants) and it doesn't sound like the Cubs want to step into the astronomical bidding wars for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman. Davis would certainly be a good fallback, though he did battle forearm issues late in the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 1.18 ERA over his last 185 appearances with Kansas City. He's due to become a free agent next winter.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 01:39:00 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, closer Wade Davis is creating buzz among opposing executives.

Passan goes as far as to call Davis the "likeliest Royal to move" this winter in a trade. Lorenzo Cain might also be on the block given his looming free agency and what it would cost to lock him up long term. Davis, 31, posted a 1.87 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this year for Kansas City while fighting through some forearm issues. He has a ridiculous 1.18 ERA over his last 182 2/3 innings.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Royals exercised their $10 million option on RHP Wade Davis.

Davis struggled through forearm trouble in 2016 but still managed a dominant 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. There is talk of Kansas City shopping the 31-year-old right-hander this winter, which could again clear out the closer role for Kelvin Herrera. It's a situation we'll definitely be monitoring leading into the 2017 season.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 02:18:00 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals would seek "controllable starting pitching" in any trade involving Wade Davis.

The Royals are expected to pick up Davis' $10 million option for next year, though he could be available in a trade if the right offer comes along. Kelvin Herrera is more than capable of taking over the closer role, which makes Davis expendable. Per Cafardo, the Royals were in talks with Washington around the trade deadline, requesting top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito in exchange for Davis. The Royals would also be open to trading Ian Kennedy, if only to get his $14 million salary off the books. Cafardo named the Blue Jays and Red Sox as two teams that could be interested in acquiring Davis.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 04:39:00 PM

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