Wade Davis was a worthwhile one-year rental for the Cubs, as he converted all but one of his 33 regular-season save opportunities and then went 4-for-4 in the postseason. He didn't blow a save until Sept. 23 and did not allow more than four earned runs in any month of the campaign. The uptick in walks in recent seasons is troubling -- he's gone from 2.7 BB/9 in 2015 to 3.3 and then 4.3 last season -- and he was a bit lucky on balls in play (.262 BABIP), but the swing and miss goes a long way toward masking the flaws. Davis' 12.1 K/9 in 2017 was the second-highest mark of his career, while his 15.4 percent swinging-strike rate was a career high. Davis is more than a calendar year removed from the injury scare involving his elbow, and he is now the highest-paid reliever in history (by AAV) after signing with the Rockies. It's not an ideal landing spot, but Davis is still a viable target if you're going to pay up for saves.
Davis agreed to a three-year, $52 million contract with Colorado on Friday, with a fourth-year option for an additional $15 million, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. As first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Davis will be the latest reliever to set up shop at Coors Field. Although the club re-signed Jake McGee and added Bryan Shaw to the mix, there should be no mistaking that Davis will be the ninth-inning man for this upcoming season. In 2017 with the Cubs, Davis posted a 2.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, with a 79:28 K:BB in 58.2 innings. He only blew one save in 33 opportunities, and even though his raw numbers don't stack up with some of his best years with the Royals, he was still one of the most effective closers in the game.
Davis officially declined his qualifying offer from the Cubs on Thursday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. By electing to forego the one-year, $17.4 million offer, Davis will become a free agent, though the Cubs will receive draft-pick compensation if he ends up signing elsewhere. The 32-year-old shouldn't have trouble finding a multi-year deal after his stellar 2017 campaign, during which he converted 32 of his 33 save chances while compiling a 2.30 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.
Davis received a qualifying offer from the Cubs on Monday, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Davis is coming off a season where he earned $10.0 million, which makes Monday's offering of $17.4 million from the Cubs pretty enticing. Although, it's possible that Davis could land a more lucrative multi-year deal if he elects to forego the offer and enter free agency. The 32-year-old has 10 days to make his decision.
Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Cardinals, allowing a single hit. It wasn't a save situation, but the Cubs didn't mess around with a chance to clinch the NL Central. Davis has been used fairly heavily in recent weeks as the team made its playoff push, so look for him to possibly get some rest over the weekend before firing up for the NLDS.
Davis blew his first save of the season in the ninth inning and allowed a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Saturday's loss to the Brewers. Davis served up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's contest to move to 32-for-33 in save opportunities this season. He still had a chance to pick up the win after the Cubs scored in the top of the 10th inning, but another home run did him in and gave him his first loss since Aug. 3. Davis threw more than one inning for the first time this season in his previous appearance Thursday and did the same Saturday, so manager Joe Maddon may look to avoid using him for at least the Cubs' next game Sunday.