Wade Davis Signs With Colorado Rockies

Wade Davis Signs With Colorado Rockies

Wade Davis Signs With Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have tapped out the Kansas City Royals pipeline, of sorts, with reports of signing Wade Davis to a multi-year deal - after another former Royal (Greg Holland) walked in the offseason.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that the contract would be worth 3 years and $52 million, the largest salary per year of any closer in Major League Baseball history.

According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the contract would be the highest per-year deal ever for a relief pitcher.

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Davis was an All-Star each of the past three seasons, with the Chicago Cubs this year and the Kansas City Royals the two years before that. Passan also said there is a fourth-year vesting option that could take the total spend to $66 million. Last season, he had 32 consecutive saves before the Brewers got to him in late September. He was part of the Royals' 2015 World Series-winning team.

Davis registered a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 2017 and will open the 2018 campaign as Colorado's new closer. The closer is the crown jewel in the foursome Colorado has already acquired which includes Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Chris Iannetta. Those who had been in the market for Davis were also in the market for Holland so a signing should come together relatively quickly. Holland, however, underwent Tommy John surgery near the end of the regular season after compiling 32 saves.

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