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Wade Davis | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Kansas City Royals
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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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals "are receiving a lot of trade calls" on Wade Davis.
Heyman says that the closer "appears to be available at the right price" as the Royals look to cut some payroll this offseason. There would figure to be plenty of interest in Davis even in a market that's set to have impending free agents Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon, as he's set to make just $10 million in 2017 after the Royals pick up his option. However, let's not forget that Davis dealt with a forearm issue this season and wasn't as dominant as he had been in past years. Oct 14 - 10:01 AM

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Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth inning Saturday against the White Sox to preserve a 3-2 victory.

Davis got Carlos Sanchez, Alex Avila and Adam Eaton to go down swinging to end the game without incident. The save was his 25th of the year and his fourth in a row after he blew his first save chance after coming off the disabled list earlier this month. Davis is the owner of a 2.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 42/16 K/BB ratio and, now healthy, is back in the elite tier of closers.
Sep 17 - 11:59 PM

Wade Davis struck out the only two batters he faced Saturday to close out a 5-2 win over the Tigers.

After reliever Brooks Pounders gave up a leadoff solo home run and a one-out single to start the ninth, Royals manager Ned Yost showed faith in his closer by bringing him back out one night after he allowed two runs while blowing a save against the same Tigers. This time, Davis blew away Victor and J.D. Martinez to earn the save, his 22nd of the year. He's one of the game's best when he's healthy, and it appears that Yost won't waver in his confidence in the 30-year-old. As such, it's Davis, and not Kelvin Herrera, that's the guy to own for fantasy purposes down the stretch.
Sep 4 - 12:07 AM

Wade Davis struggled in his return from the disabled list on Friday, allowing two runs on three hits in the ninth inning while blowing a save against the Tigers.

The Royals threw Davis right into the fire with a one-run lead in the ninth inning, and he proceeded to hit leadoff man Ian Kinsler, allow a double to Jose Iglesias and a two-run single to Miguel Cabrera. He settled down afterwards, with a strikeout and a double play ball, but the damage had already been done. It'll be interesting to see if they go back to Kelvin Herrera the next save opportunity, or continue to let Davis figure things out in the ninth.
Sep 3 - 9:14 AM

Royals activated RHP Wade Davis from the 15-day disabled list.

Davis has been out since late July with a right flexor strain, but he showed he was ready with three scoreless rehab appearances. It's unclear at this point when or if Davis will regain his closer job, as Kelvin Herrera has pitched well. At the very least, he would figure to be eased back into it.
Sep 2 - 2:50 PM

Wade Davis (forearm) struck out two in a scoreless inning Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

He threw 13 of his 15 pitches for strikes in the nearly flawless frame. That could be the final rehab appearance for Davis, who is expected to be activated soon after rosters expand on September 1. He has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a right flexor strain. Kansas City management has not revealed whether Davis will immediately reclaim the ninth-inning gig from Kelvin Herrera.
Aug 30 - 9:55 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday that Wade Davis (forearm) won't be activated until at least Friday.

After tossing a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance for the Royals' Rookie League affiliate last Wednesday, Davis threw another scoreless frame Saturday with Triple-A Omaha. He's slated to make another appearance on Monday, but the Royals aren't going to rush things. Kelvin Herrera has done an excellent job filling in at closer, so Davis is no sure thing to get his old gig back when he returns.
Aug 29 - 7:31 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Wade Davis (forearm) will make "a couple more" rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.

Davis allowed one hit and recorded one strikeout in his first rehab appearance with the Royals' Rookie League affiliate in Arizona on Wednesday. Kevin Herrera has been terrific while filling in as the Royals' closer and it's unclear whether Davis will immediately get his job back upon his return.
Aug 26 - 11:11 AM

Wade Davis (forearm) is expected to throw live batting practice at the team's spring training facility in Arizona early next week.

There was concern Davis might be done for the year after going on the disabled list with a right flexor strain but those fears have quickly evaporated. Davis is making steady progress in his recovery and could be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Kelvin Herrera has handled save chances during his absence.
Aug 20 - 8:37 PM

Wade Davis (forearm) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

Davis will go through a similar workout on Thursday and should then advance to facing live hitters. He's been out since July 27 because of a right flexor strain, with Kelvin Herrera filling in at closer for KC.
Aug 16 - 5:18 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Saturday that Wade Davis (forearm) will likely return before the end of August.

Davis has been playing catch for a few days but has yet to be cleared to resume throwing off a mound. "He’s feeling better," Yost said. "He’s totally symptom free, playing catch, extending it out." The progress from Davis is nice to see, but he'll need to throw some bullpen sessions, live batting practice and go on a possible rehab assignment before being activated. Obviously he's not out of the woods yet.
Aug 14 - 11:06 AM

Wade Davis (elbow) is aiming to resume throwing in the next couple of days.

Davis has been on a no-throw program since he landed on the disabled list July 31, retroactive to July 27, with a right flexor strain. There's no way of estimating a timetable for his return until he gets back on a mound, but late August seems like a possibility if he is able to avoid setbacks. Kelvin Herrera has taken over at closer for the Royals.
Aug 9 - 5:28 PM

Royals placed RHP Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with a right flexor strain.

It's Davis' second trip to the DL this month due to arm issues. Flexor strains have often been precursors to ulnar collateral ligament issues, although obviously it's not a given that Davis' UCL might be compromised at some point. However, he figures to be in line for an extended absence regardless. Kelvin Herrera has assumed closing duties for the Royals.
Jul 31 - 12:49 PM

Wade Davis is flying back to Kansas City for an MRI on his right forearm.

Davis hasn't looked sharp since his return from the disabled list (4.15 ERA in five appearances) and now we might have a better idea why. The right-hander missed the minimum 15 days when he suffered a strained forearm earlier this month but apparently the pain hasn't subsided much. An extended absence would be a huge blow to both the Royals and his fantasy owners. Davis had been drawing some trade interest but we're guessing those talks are on hold now.
Jul 30 - 8:59 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman this week before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 8:21 AM

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