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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
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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

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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

Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth inning to secure the Royals' win against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Closer Greg Holland (triceps) continued to sit, so Davis was asked to notch the save again. He did so with ease, getting Rajai Davis to fly out before striking out Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter to end the contest. Davis has gotten the save in each of his last three appearances, striking out six in the process and facing one over the minimum. He owns a sterling 0.70 ERA with a 96/21 K/BB ratio. Holland will undergo a precautionary MRI on Thursday, so Davis would be a good fantasy pick-up for saves if he is still hanging around.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Wade Davis earned his second save of the season Sunday as the Royals defeated the Yankees.

Davis was called on because Greg Holland is battling triceps tightness and converted the rare save opportunity with relative ease, working around a Carlos Beltran leadoff single by fanning two of the next three batters he faced. Davis has a brilliant 0.71 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings this season. Holland should be ready to return to his usual role within the next couple of days.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Yankees on Sunday to earn his second save.

Davis has been filling in for Greg Holland, earning both his saves in the weekend series with the Yanks. Davis gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Beltran but didn't allow his past second base, striking out two in the inning. Holland should return to the ninth inning any day now, but Davis will certainly be in line for saves if anything more serious sidelines Holland down the stretch.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Wade Davis picked up his third win in relief with a perfect eighth Wednesday as the Royals beat the White Sox 3-1.

Davis got a couple of strikeouts, though it still took him just 10 pitches to finish the inning. He's up to 38 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings for the season, with three wins and a 1.77 ERA Yeah, he'd probably still rather be starting, but he's much, much better in his current role.
Wed, May 21, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Wade Davis struck out a pair over a perfect inning in his return to action Saturday.

Davis had been unavailable over the last few days due to a stiff neck. The setup man holds a 1.96 ERA and superb 34/9 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season.
Sun, May 18, 2014 03:51:00 AM

Wade Davis was unavailable Wednesday and won't pitch Thursday, either, due to a stiff neck.

"Wade showed up yesterday with a bit of a stiff neck," Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday. "He's still fighting it a little bit right now. He's going to come out and play a little catch, but Wade was unavailable yesterday." Davis did say Thursday that he was "a little better," so he should be ready sometime this weekend. The setup man has been fantastic this season with a 2.08 ERA and 32/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings.
Thu, May 15, 2014 09:20:00 PM

Wade Davis will be the Royals' primary setup man.

Davis was tried out in the rotation again last season before moving back to the bullpen where he belongs. He's an excellent option to pitch in front of Greg Holland in what will be a loaded Kansas City bullpen even after the loss of Luke Hochevar (elbow).
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Sunday that Wade Davis could be the team's primary option in the eighth inning this season.

Davis was shifted to the bullpen to make up for the loss of Luke Hochevar to Tommy John surgery. While Yost believes he has plenty of capable setup options in his stable, Davis looks to be the most prominent option of the bunch.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Wade Davis allowed one run in an inning of work as the Royals fell to the Dodgers 7-5 on Tuesday.

Davis allowed the run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. He was recently demoted to bullpen work by manager Ned Yost. The Royals' rotation is set now with Yordano Ventura, and Wade conveniently replaces the injured Luke Hochevar in the bullpen.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 07:36:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that Wade Davis is no longer a candidate for the Royals starting rotation, and will work out of the backend of the bullpen.

The Royals are hoping that he can adapt to the bullpen as well as Luke Hochevar did in 2013. With the emergence of Yordano Ventura as a strong candidate for the rotation, coinciding with news that Hochevar would miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, it seems like a wise move for the Royals.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Wade Davis delivered a strong Cactus League debut in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, allowing just one hit and a walk over two scoreless innings.

Davis racked up three strikeouts in the impressive outing. The 28-year-old hurler endured a nightmare 2013 campaign in which he posted a terrifying 5.32 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 114/58 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings. He still has the tools to succeed if he can put it all together, but he's far too inconsistent to trust in mixed leagues.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 08:50:00 PM

Royals recalled RHP Wade Davis from Hi-A Wilmington.

Davis' nightmare 2013 season is nearly over, but he'll have to finish it as a low-leverage reliever on a non-playoff team. The 27-year-old posted an extremely disappointing 6-10 record, 5.67 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 125 1/3 innings over 24 starts.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 03:34:00 PM

Royals optioned RHP Wade Davis to High-A Wilmington.

The minor league season is wrapping up in a couple of days, so it's just a procedural move. However, when Davis returns, he'll do so as a reliever. The 27-year-old posted a disappointing 5.67 ERA over 24 starts this season.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 03:59:00 PM

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