Report: Cubs close to trading for All-Star closer
The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of the Winter Meetings on Tuesday night and according to multiple reports, the Cubs are close to trading for Royals closer Wade Davis.
MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday night that the Cubs would need to be OK with Davis’ medicals to finalize a proposed deal with the Royals. The Washington Nationals have also entered into the picture late as a potential trade partner for Wade.
In 2016, Davis was impressive with 1.87 ERA with 27 saves, 47 strikeouts, and 1.13 WHIP. He was 10th in the A.L. in saves last season. He will be a free agent after this upcoming season.
For his career, he has a 3.53 ERA with 47 saves, 689 strikeouts, and 1.28 WHIP. He has made back-to-back All-Star games after being converted to a closer. He actually would fit in well with the Cubs as he played for Cubs manager Joe Maddon from 2009-2012.
Wade Davis is the only pitcher in MLB history to have multiple seasons with at least 50 IP and an ERA of 1.00 or lower (2014 and 2015) according to ESPN stats and info.
He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 3rd round in the 2004 MLB Draft.