Closer Wade Davis reaches three-year deal with Rockies

Credit Patrick Gorski USA TODAY Sports

Credit Patrick Gorski USA TODAY Sports

A native of Lake Wales, FL, Davis posted a 4-2 mark with the Chicago Cubs last season, recording 32 saves.

The deal includes a fourth-year vesting option that could potentially earn Davis up to $66 million. Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports and Passan reported that the deal is for $52 million over three years.

Before his Chicago stint, he spent four seasons each with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals, helping the Royals win the 2015 World Series.

The 31-year-old Davis played with the Cubs in 2017 and was the club's only all-star representative in 2017. Colorado's closer last season was Greg Holland, who teamed up with Davis in Kansas City's bullpen from 2013 to 2015. The Rockies' bullpen is now stacked beyond belief and despite his age and small step back in 2017, Davis should do fine so long as he can get his groundball rate back to where it should be. The Cubs do have all those young position players, and remember that Davis was acquired in an offseason trade with the Royals.

Davis has been one of the top relief pitchers in baseball since the Royals converted him in 2014.

The Rockies offseason has shown they are taking care of a vital need, beefing up that all-important bullpen. Earlier this winter, the Rockies re-signed Jake McGee and added longtime Indians reliever Bryan Shaw to help fortify their bullpen.

That all being said, while Davis could be very much touch-and-go in Colorado, he still gives the Rockies the best chance at getting back to the playoffs and building upon being the second NL Wild Card team last season.

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