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Rockies, Davis agree to three-year, $52 million deal

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December 29, 2017 at 11:23 am.

Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Wade Davis (71) pitches in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Wade Davis (71) pitches in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Standout closer Wade Davis and the Colorado Rockies have agreed on a three-year, $52 million deal, according to multiple reports on Friday.

The contract also contains a $15 million player option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.

Davis, 32, was 4-2 with 32 saves in 33 opportunities and a 2.30 ERA for the Chicago Cubs last season. He also had four postseason saves.

Davis replaces former Kansas City Royals teammate Greg Holland as the Rockies’ closer. Holland saved 41 games last season before declining a $15 million player option and becoming a free agent.

The right-handed Davis became a closer for the Royals in 2015 after Holland suffered an arm injury. He has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons — twice in Kansas City and last year with the Cubs.

Davis has been one of the top relief pitchers in baseball since the Royals converted him in 2014. He began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009 and won a combined 23 games over the 2010-11 campaign.

He joined Kansas City in 2013 and was part of the team’s 2015 World Series-winning squad.

 

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