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.
Manager Bud Black said Saturday that the team is having discussions about activating Davis (shoulder) to provide an extra bullpen arm, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Davis has been sidelined since the beginning of August with a right shoulder strain, but it appears as though he could return to action prior to the end of the regular season. If he returns, it's unclear whether he'll reclaim the closing duties since Daniel Bard has converted on all six of his save chances this season.
Davis (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
This is an encouraging step for Davis, who has been sidelined all month with a right shoulder strain. An updated timetable for the right-hander's return should come into focus once he's further along in his throwing program. In the meantime, Daniel Bard and Carlos Estevez are Colorado's top options for saves.
Manager Bud Black said Wednesday that Davis (shoulder) is still receiving treatment and hasn't resumed throwing, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Davis has been sidelined since Friday with a right shoulder strain, but Black's update signals that he may not return from the injured list when he's first eligible. The team could get a better idea of when the right-hander could return to game action once he begins throwing again. Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez should continue to handle ninth-inning duties for the Rockies while Davis remains out.
Davis was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right shoulder strain.
Davis was charged with the loss and the blown save after allowing four runs to the Padres on Friday, which is apparently when he sustained the shoulder strain. The severity of the injury remains unclear, though the veteran right-hander should be eligible to be activated Aug. 11. Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez are options to fill in at closer for the Rockies.
Davis (0-1) was tagged with the loss and a blown save Friday against the Padres. He gave up four earned runs on two hits -- both home runs -- and two walks across two-thirds of an inning.
Davis gave up homers to Fernando Tatis and Tommy Pham, and his struggles allowed the Padres to mount the comeback in the top of the ninth. Davis has now allowed five earned runs across 2.2 innings, but he notched the save in both of his previous two appearances so this woeful performances shouldn't change his status as the Rockies' closer -- at least for now.
Davis earned a save with a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's 5-2 win over Texas.
While he failed to record a strikeout, Davis made quick work of the middle of the Rangers' lineup to secure his second save of the season. The 34-year-old will have to stay consistent if he's going to hold on to the Rockies' shaky closer role.
Davis allowed a run on one hit and one walk during his lone inning of work against the Rangers on Saturday, but he struck out one and earned his first save of the season.
Davis is coming off the worst season of his career and is widely expected to have a short leash as the team's closer, but he converted his first save opportunity of the year. It wasn't an easy save, however, as he allowed two baserunners before sealing the deal when he struck out Rougned Odor. Davis posted an 8.65 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in 42.2 innings last season.
Davis will begin the 2020 season as the Rockies' primary closer, but he will likely have a short leash, speculates Patrick Saunders of the Greeley Tribune.
Davis will look to bounce back from the worst season of his career in 2019, when he logged an 8.65 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 42.2 innings and finished with just 15 saves. The veteran right-hander did not allow a single run or hit while striking out three across 3.1 innings this spring. Scott Oberg and Carlos Estevez are the top candidates to replace Davis should he struggle early on in his third campaign in Colorado.
Davis did not allow a run or a hit while issuing one walk and striking out three in 3.1 innings this spring.
He has already been named the closer to open the season, but it's also mildly encouraging that he didn't get shelled in a small sample this spring. He shelved his cutter in favor of working on getting more consistent with his fastball and changeup, saying that the better his fastball is, the better his cutter will be in the regular season. Davis is entering the final year of a three-year, $52 million contract and if he pitches well, the rest of the bullpen fits much more logically, so he should get a fairly long leash. That said, the Rockies do not envision themselves as rebuilding, so signs of a return to his 2019 form (8.65 ERA, 1.88 WHIP) would leave the team scrambling to stop the bleeding.
Davis will be the Rockies' closer to start the year, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Nearly every dedicated closer is at least a moderately valuable fantasy asset, but Davis has a good case to be the worst bet out there. The 34-year-old deservedly lost his closing job last season as his ERA ballooned to 8.65. There's undoubtedly some bad luck in that figure, but his 5.56 FIP suggests his season was indeed quite poor, as his strikeout rate plummeted to 20.4 percent while his walk rate soared to 14.1 percent. Scott Oberg, who took over the role in the second half before suffering a season-ending injury, will be the primary setup man for now but has a good chance of returning to the ninth inning unless Davis experiences a major turnaround.
Davis will most likely be used as a seventh- or eighth-inning reliever, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
After Scott Oberg (blood clot) was placed on the IL on Sunday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reported that Davis would return to the closer role. Davis blew a save chance later that day and apparently manager Bud Black is ready to move on; Black said Monday that he's not ready to anoint a new closer, but he made it clear that he'll give right-handers Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez chances to close out games over the remainder of the season. Black then turned to Davis in the eighth inning Monday evening and Davis was rocked for three runs on two hits -- including a homer -- in two-thirds of an inning, lifting his ERA for the season to 7.43.
Davis will return to the closer's role after Scott Oberg (blood clot) was ruled out for the remainder of the season, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Davis has logged four straight scoreless appearances, with only one of those coming at home. He has a 9.70 ERA at home and a 0.63 ERA on the road, and the Rockies head on a week-long road trip next week, so he is worth adding in most roto formats.
Davis will move to a middle-relief role for now, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Coors Field does a number on many pitchers' statlines, but Davis certainly can't blame his home park for the entirety of his 6.82 ERA, which translates to a park-adjusted ERA- of 134 (34 percent worse than league average). His 22.3 percent strikeout rate better suits a middle reliever, while his 13.5 percent walk rate is quite poor. Scott Oberg will handle the ninth inning for now.
Davis (1-5) took the loss Wednesday against the Dodgers after surrendering five runs on four hits and one walk while recording only one out.
Davis entered to start the ninth inning with the game in a scoreless tie, and he delivered his worst performance of the season by giving up a pair of multi-run homers. The veteran right-hander hasn't blown a save since mid-June, but he still has a 9.67 ERA, 12:8 K:BB and three losses in that stretch. The Rockies previously discussed a shakeup for the back end of the bullpen and seem likely to be considering their options once again.
Davis allowed one walk and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Nationals.
Davis was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. He did so in commanding fashion, whiffing three of the four batters he faced to record his 15th save of the campaign. Davis has been an unsteady performer this season, though he has turned in a scoreless outing in eight of last 10 appearances. Even accounting for that stretch, he has a 5.64 ERA and 1.62 WHIP with 32 strikeouts across 30.1 innings.
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