Wade Davis
RP CHC
3 months ago

Davis was officially dealt to the Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for Jorge Soler, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

EDGE Analysis

The trade had been rumored for more than 12 hours before it finally became a done deal. It makes sense for both clubs, as Soler would have only been used as a weapon against left-handed pitchers if he remained on the Cubs, and the Royals have bullpen depth to deal from. Davis, who will be a free agent after the 2017 season, will presumably serve as the Cubs' closer, provided they do not sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman. A second half elbow issue and a slight dip in velocity compared to his 2015 readings should prompt some caution. His strikeout rate fell from 31.1 percent in 2015 to 26.7 percent last season, and his 9.1 percent walk rate was his highest mark since 2013. That said, it is a pretty favorable situation for Davis, as he will have an excellent defense playing behind him and should be the closer on a team that has a chance to win 100-plus games.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
3 months ago

Davis will be traded to the Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for Jorge Soler, pending physicals for both players, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

It will be a straight one-for-one swap, with the deal likely to be finalized later in the day. The addition of Davis, who is set to become a free agent next winter, signals that the Cubs plan to insert them into the closer's role in place of Aroldis Chapman, who is seeking a long-term contract. Though he regressed a little bit during an injury-plagued 2016 campaign, Davis was still quite exceptional when healthy, turning in a 1.87 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 47:16 K:BB ratio over 43.1 innings. With Davis headed to Chicago, Kelvin Herrera and Joakim Soria are now the top in-house options to assume closing duties for the Royals.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
4 months ago

The Royals picked up their $10 million option on Davis' contract for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

Davis will figure to return as the Royals' closer for the 2017 campaign, as he threw for a 1.87 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 45 games (43.1 innings) in 2016. However, he made multiple stints on the DL over the course of the season, courtesy of an elbow strain as well as a forearm issue. When all was said and done, he'd picked up 27 saves across 30 opportunities.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
4 months ago

Davis is garnering a lot of interest on the trade market, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

It seems odd that a team that values defense and bullpen pitching so highly would be willing to move one of the most consistent relievers in baseball, but it seems the Royals would be willing to move Davis in order to clear up some cap space for the upcoming season. This year's closer free agent market includes Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, and Kenley Jansen, all of whom seem primed to command extremely high prices, so Davis could be a huge bargain for teams without that much money to spend. It's unknown who's all in the running for the 31-year-old's services, but no matter where he lands, Davis will likely be leaned upon very heavily during the upcoming season.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
5 months ago

Davis allowed two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 26th save of the season in a win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

While he looked a bit shaky in early September after coming off the DL, Davis now sports a strong 12:1 K:BB in 6.2 innings over seven appearances on the month and appears to be back in top form.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
5 months ago

Davis (2-1) gave up a hit over one scoreless inning in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty fired 10 of 17 pitches for strikes while posting his third straight scoreless effort. Davis is typically used in closing situations and has converted 25 of 28 save opportunities this season, including his last four, but toiled away in the eighth inning Saturday and earned the victory when the Royals put together a spectacular five-run comeback in the ninth.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
5 months ago

Davis picked up his 23rd save of the season Saturday, allowing three hits and a run while striking out three batters.

EDGE Analysis

The good news from this outing is that he struck out the side, the bad news is that dominant closers aren't supposed to be giving up three hits when shutting the door on a the game. The game marked Davis' third appearance since being activated from the disabled list September 2a - where he blew one save and has now converted two others. As the Royals hang to their playoff copes, Davis should see a key role over the ensuing weeks

Wade Davis
RP CHC
6 months ago

The Royals activated Davis (elbow) from the disabled list Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Davis is ready to rejoin the big club after recovering from a flexor strain and completing a rehab assignment. As one of the top closers in the game, he figures to reclaim the ninth-inning duties for the Royals right out of the gate.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
6 months ago

Davis (elbow) expects to be activated from the disabled list Friday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Davis rejoined the Royals on Wednesday after completing a rehab assignment, but his final minor-league outing came Tuesday, and the Royals will give him at least a couple days to rest and recover in between appearances. Davis is 21-of-23 in save opportunities this season and owns a 1.60 ERA, so he will presumably reclaim the closer's duties one he is officially back on the Royals' roster.

Wade Davis
RP CHC
6 months ago

Davis (elbow) will continue his rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Omaha and will likely be activated no earlier than Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The plan for Davis was to throw several times in the minors before he made his way back to the big club. This will conveniently line things up for a return after rosters expand in September. Davis said he "felt good" after his first rehab appearance Wednesday, so barring a setback, expect him back in the Royals bullpen within the week.