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

30 December 2017

The Rockies have reached an agreement on a three-year, $52 million contract with All-Star closer Wade Davis, Yahoo Sports reported Friday.

Davis' mega-deal is the highest per-year salary ever for a reliever.

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The 32-year-old is coming off a career-best season in his one year as the Chicago Cubs' closer, recording 32 saves with a 2.30 ERA and 12.1 K/9. There's also a fourth-year vesting option that could elevate his total earnings to $66 million.

Along with former Rockie's closer Greg Holland, Wade Davis was a major staple in the back-end up the Kansas City Royals bullpen - a team that made back to back World Series (2014-2015), winning the latter. He saved four more games in the postseason, including all three wins of the Cubs' NL Division Series win over the Nationals and a 2 1/3-inning save in the winner-take-all Game 5.

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Of course, the move means righty Greg Holland will not return to Denver after posting 41 saves in 2017, not a tremendous loss since he exhausted out in the second half in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. However, the signing of Davis may change that.

The right-handed Davis became a closer for the Royals in 2015 after Holland suffered an arm injury. With Shaw, McGee, and now Davis all set to man the back end of the bullpen, it's also worth noting that guys like Mike Dunn and Chris Rusin should also return in relief roles.

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