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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
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Wade Davis notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless 11th inning Friday against the Reds.
Davis threw 17 pitches in the frame and struck out a pair. Coming off a shaky spring, the 31-year-old has been spotless so far for his new team, allowing just three hits with a 9/2 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. He’s 4-for-4 in save chances for the defending World Series champions. Apr 21 - 11:46 PM

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Wade Davis worked a scoreless top of the ninth Wednesday to earn a win against the Brewers.

Davis issued a one-out walk to Eric Thames -- Thames' third walk of the day -- but he got Travis Shaw to ground into an inning-ending double play and then Addison Russell cranked a walkoff three-run blast for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth. Davis dealt with forearm problems last year in Kansas City and he did not look sharp this spring, but the 31-year-old closer boasts a 0.00 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 7/2 K/BB ratio through 7 1/3 regular-season innings. He also stands 2-0 with three saves.
Apr 19 - 6:58 PM

Wade Davis recorded his third save of the season with a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Davis protected a two-run lead without a sweat, getting a flyout, groundout and foulout to retire the side on just nine pitches. The closer has been dominant for the Cubbies in the early going with 6 1/3 scoreless frames and a 6/1 K/BB ratio while converting all three save opportunities.
Apr 19 - 12:30 AM

Wade Davis issued a walk but hung on to record his first save as a Cub in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Davis was hitting 96 mph regularly, but his command was rather erratic in this one. That comes after a spring training when he posted a 14.40 ERA over seven appearances. He did manage to finish things off, though. Hopefully he'll be able to settle in soon.
Apr 4 - 11:31 PM

Wade Davis said he threw nothing but fastballs in his ugly Cactus League debut on Sunday.

Davis allowed three earned runs while recording only one out against the Rangers, but he wasn't worried about the poor results. "We have plenty of time," the 31-year-old closer told reporters Monday morning. There's nothing of concern here yet, but Davis does carry some health question marks after battling forearm issues last summer in Kansas City.
Mar 6 - 11:16 AM

Wade Davis was knocked around for three earned runs in the third inning of Sunday's Cactus League tie with the Rangers.

It was the first outing of the spring for Davis, and it obviously did not go according to plan. He walked Carlos Gomez to open the bottom of the third and then surrendered three straight singles before getting pulled. One poor outing in the Cactus League isn't going to raise red flags, but keep in mind that Davis landed on the disabled list two different times last year in Kansas City because of forearm issues. We'll be watching him closely.
Mar 5 - 6:50 PM

Wade Davis is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Davis is being eased in this spring after hitting the disabled list twice in 2016 with forearm concerns. Chicago acquired the 31-year-old right-hander from Kansas City in December for outfielder Jorge Soler. If he stays healthy in 2017, Davis can be a top-tier fantasy closer.
Mar 2 - 2:23 PM

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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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