Wade Davis, Rockies Agree on Reported Record Contract for Relief Pitcher

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Wade Davis #71 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field on September 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-3.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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Wade Davis' time with the Chicago Cubs is over. Davis and the Colorado Rockies agreed to terms on a free-agent deal, the team announced Friday. 

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports initially reported the news. 

Per Passan, the deal is for three years and $52 million, and the $17.3 million annual salary is a record for MLB relievers.

Davis spent four seasons (2013-2016) with the Kansas City Royals and won a World Series during that time, but he was shipped to the Cubs in December 2016.

In 2017, the 32-year-old made 59 appearances and recorded a career-high 32 saves as the Cubs snared their second straight National League Central crown.

In 58.2 innings, Davis logged 79 strikeouts, good for a mark of 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked as the second-best of his career. And while Davis' ERA was 2.30—marking the first time since 2013, when he was a starter, that it was above 2.00—he was still lights-out.

Specifically, Davis didn't blow a save until Sept. 23 after he started the year 32-of-32.

"He's a stud," Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist said Oct. 3, according to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan. "He's a guy who has been through it. He has the postseason experience, and everybody knows he has ice in his veins."

With Davis locked up, the Rockies will hope he can continue to operate as a shutdown savant in high-leverage situations and solidify the back end of a bullpen that already added Bryan Shaw this offseason.

Davis' arrival also increases the likelihood that 2017 closer Greg Holland will depart in free agency.


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.