Rockies add Wade Davis to bullpen, leaves Greg Holland as top remaining relief option

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The Rockies have been active this winter upgrading their bullpen. Despite already re-signing Jake McGee and adding Bryan Shaw the team had continued to be linked to Greg Holland and Wade Davis. They opted for the latter of those two agreeing to a three-year deal for the $32 year-old on Friday worth $52 million.

Davis will also reportedly be in line for a $14 million vesting option for the 2021 season. The Cubs closer from a year ago, Davis probably would have hoped for a bit longer of a deal but a closer earning north of $17 million is a reminder of just how much baseball salaries have grown in recent years.

Traded by the Royals to the Cubs last December for Jorge Soler, Davis responded by going 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA while picking up 32 saves – a career high. He was selected to his third straight All-Star game but was the losing pitcher after allowing a go ahead homerun to Robinson Cano.

Davis was arguably the best closer on the market joined by the likes of former teammate Greg Holland who pitched last season with the Rockies. The Rockies had been linked to wanting Holland back but it’s been no secret that Holland and his agent Scott Boras were seeking a long-term deal hoping to cash in on his success from a year ago. With Davis now being in Colorado, that leaves Holland to garner all the interest from teams who are still seeking relief options. Those who had been in the market for Davis were also in the market for Holland so a signing should come together relatively quickly.

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