Cubs reportedly among the teams to inquire on Royals closer Wade Davis
Updated 4:27pm CST – Ken Rosenthal reported Cubs “among most serious of early suitors” for Wade Davis.
According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Cubs are among the teams that have talked to the Royals about Wade Davis. The Royals are willing to move Davis for the right package of players with him under contract for one more season.
Davis is coming off a good year with the Royals but one in which he dealt with a forearm/elbow issue. Davis was 2-1 with 27 saves in 45 games with a 1.87 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 2.29 FIP. Davis allowed nine runs on 33 hits with 16 walks and 47 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.
Wade Davis took over the Royals closer role from Greg Holland, another reliever the Cubs have been connected to, during the 2015 season. Davis was 8-1 in 69 games with 17 saves, a 0.94 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 2.29 FIP.
Davis is owed $10 million on the final season of the four-year, $12.6 million contract he signed in March 2011 while he was with the Rays. Davis’ contract included club options for the 2015-17 seasons.
As Ken Rosenthal pointed out, Joe Maddon knows Davis well from their time together with the Rays. Davis was dealt by Andrew Friedman, who is now the Dodgers’ President of Baseball Ops, from the Rays to the Royals with James Shields and Elliot Johnson on Dec. 9, 2012 for Patrick Leonard, Mike Montgomery, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi.