Wade Davis

Wade Davis signs record deal with Rockies as Cubs weigh spending on pitching

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Staying in touch with closer Wade Davis about a possible return is no longer an option for the Cubs.

Whether signing a closer with a proven ninth-inning track record remains an option for them is doubtful at best. The Cubs still are seeking a frontline starter, and Davis’ three-year, $52 million deal with the Rockies set a record-high bar for the closer market.

The $17.3 million average annual value of Davis’ contract breaks the old record of $17.2 million Aroldis Chapman got when he signed with the Yankees last winter and would seem to put ex-Rockies closer Greg Holland, the top free-agent closer remaining, well beyond the Cubs’ comfort level for a reliever.

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Wade Davis named to NL All-Star team

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BY , UPDATED AT 07:12PM, JULY 2, 2017

CHICAGO – A sign of the times for the Cubs might have come in the number of spots reserved for their players on the All-Star roster – even though their manager is leading the team in 2017.

After a so-so first half of the season, only one member of the Cubs is headed to the All-Star game in Miami. That’s closer Wade Davis, who will join the rest of the stars at Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11th.

It’s a drastic change from 2016 when the Cubs were the best team in Major League Baseball at the All-Star break. The Cubs had four infielder starters for the game, outfielder Dexter Fowler and two pitchers make the roster in one of the more impressive showing in franchise history.

But a so-so season means the Cubs won’t have nearly as many as a year ago.

Kris Bryant missed out on a chance to start at third base, getting beat out by the Rockies Nolan Arenado. Anthony Rizzo had the same fate at first base as he was bested in the voting by the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman.

Bryant still has a chance to get in the game via the MLB’s Final Vote ballot. This allows fans to select one of five finalists to make the roster

Acquired in the offseason to replace Aroldis Chapman, Davis has been one of the best closers in the game in his first season in Chicago. He’s 16-for-16 in save opportunities in 2017 and sports a 1.93 ERA with 42 strikeouts.

This is Davis’ third consecutive All-Star appearance with the previous two coming with the Royals.

Davis is Esurance Best Postseason Player

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By Jeffrey Flanagan / | November 20th, 2015

KANSAS CITY — Royals closer Wade Davis captured the Esurance Award for “Best Major Leaguer, Postseason” after his sensational performance in a run toward a World Series championship.

Other finalists for the award were the Mets’ Daniel Murphy, who homered in a remarkable six consecutive postseason games, and Davis’ teammate Alcides Escobar.

Davis was virtually flawless in the postseason, throwing 10 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He picked up four saves and a win.

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Call made for Davis to start year in Rays bullpen

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By Roger Mooney – Tampa Tribune – March 28, 2012

Fort Myers – Wade Davis views himself as a starting pitcher. He believes he has a lot to offer in that role. He believes he can help the Rays achieve their ultimate goal this season of reaching the World Series as a member of the rotation.

But, Davis will pitch out of the bullpen, at least in the foreseeable future. And, he sees that as a positive, as well.

“It’s not a demotion,” Davis said. “We’re still all going for the same thing, to get to the World Series as a team. Individualizing yourself and taking it personally would be stupid. It would be selfish.”