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. Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports and Passan reported that the deal is for $52 million over three years. He began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009 and won a combined 23 games over the 2010-11 campaign. He was used as a starter until being transitioned to the bullpen in 2012.
Wade Davis is headed to the Mile High City.
Davis was moved back to the rotation in 2013, but would start to find success in 2014 by being moved back to the bullpen, and being a contributor to the Royals AL Championship run. He has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons - twice in Kansas City and previous year with the Cubs. Also his postseason numbers took a hit as, despite a total of four saves (including three in the NLDS), his ERA was 4.15 and 4.50 in the NLDS and NLCS respectively. The team signed Brandon Morrow to a two-year, $21 million deal this offseason.
It remains to be seen if the Rockies feel like Davis will be the closer or if they will also try and bring back Holland, who is a free agent.
The right-handed Davis became a closer for the Royals in 2015 after Holland suffered an arm injury.
Davis is in a fantastic situation, with the Rockies bullpen already loaded.