Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Wednesday. Davis was let go by the Rockies in September of 2020 after a sharp decline in production over the past several seasons. The veteran righty posted a 9.77 ERA and 1.96 WHIP over the past two seasons but will attempt to bounce back with his former team in 2021. Davis should compete for a major-league roster spot during spring training.
Davis was released by the Rockies on Monday. Two days after being designated for assignment by the Rockies, Davis was cut loose by the Rockies and will hit the open market ahead of the offseason. The right-hander has seen a sharp decline in results since joining the Rockies as he carries a 9.77 ERA and 1.96 WHIP over 47 innings during the last two seasons.
Davis was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Saturday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Davis allowed five runs while recording just five outs in his two appearances since returning from a shoulder injury. That was evidently the last straw for the Rockies, who are finally finished with the man they paid $52 million over the last three seasons. Davis did give the Rockies a decent enough season in 2018, saving 43 games with a respectable 4.13 ERA, but his overall tenure in Colorado includes a 6.49 ERA and an unimpressive combination of a 25.0 percent strikeout rate and an 11.8 percent walk rate. It would be quite a surprise to see a team claim him off waivers.
Manager Bud Black said he expects to use Davis (shoulder) as a middle reliever initially following the 35-year-old's reinstatement from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Black didn't specify whether Davis would merely make an appearance or two in middle relief before getting work in higher-leverage spots, but with only two weeks left in the regular season, the veteran likely wouldn't have enough time to re-establish himself as Colorado's closer anyway. Even before he was moved to the IL on Aug. 2 with a right shoulder strain, Davis had a tenuous grasp on the closing gig after a disastrous 2019 campaign in which he posted an 8.65 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 50 appearances. Daniel Bard has gone a perfect 6-for-6 in save chances while bringing stability to the back end of the Colorado bullpen, so he'll likely continue to garner most of the closing opportunities even with Davis back in the fold.
Davis (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Saturday. Davis was the Rockies' closer when he hit the injured list in early August with a strained right shoulder, though he didn't look particularly good, allowing five runs while striking out one and walking three over just 2.2 innings of work. Given that he's coming off a 2019 campaign in which he posted an 8.65 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP, it's quite possible he'll be unable to reclaim his role, especially considering that Daniel Bard has converted all six of his save opportunities this year.