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Former Royals closer Wade Davis off to Colorado Rockies

30 December, 2017, 02:06 | Author: Christina Hansen
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The Rockies are bringing back lefty Jake McGee (3 years, $27 million), and signed former Cleveland Indians right-hand set-up man Bryan Shaw (3 years, $27 million) earlier this month.

They opted for the latter of those two agreeing to a three-year deal for the $32 year-old on Friday worth $52 million. There's also a fourth-year vesting option that could elevate his total earnings to $66 million.

Davis, 32, was 4-2 with 32 saves in 33 opportunities and a 2.30 ERA for the Chicago Cubs last season.

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Davis is in a fantastic situation, with the Rockies bullpen already loaded. You thought the New York Yankees had a super bullpen?

But the addition of Davis now makes life much easier for Rockies manager Bud Black, a former Major League Baseball pitcher himself.

With a deep bullpen, Black can pull his starters after five or six innings and then hand the reins over to a relief trifecta that can hold its own and then some. Acquired from the Kansas City Royals last offseason in a trade for outfielder Jorge Soler, Davis had an earned run average of 2.30 and a WHIP of 1.142 over 59 games and 58.2 innings pitched.

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If Davis' contract from the Rockies seems like a lot, that's because it is. He has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons - twice in Kansas City and previous year with the Cubs. Morrow could be the Cubs' closer in 2018.

Holland faded dramatically in the second half of last season, while Davis was a one-man bullpen for the Cubs.

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