T-Minus 6 days till Pitchers and Catchers get to spring training Meet Cubs Closer Wade Davis
I thought that i would spotlight one pitcher or catcher everyday until they reported. Today I’m going to do Wade Davis who is the Cubs new closer.
Wade , the 6’5″ righty was acquired by a trade that included Jorge Solar. The last of the Jim Henry era I believe. There just wasn’t a spot on this roster for Jorge so it was nice to get some return for him. Mr. Davis started out his pitching career with Tampa bay where his first year pitching he made the all pro rookie team, was the Rays rookie of the year and got 4th for minor league pitcher of the year.
Late 2012 Wade was dealt to the Royals along with James shields for basically nothing. Fun thing you will have to remember that the Cubs 5th starter Mike Montgomery was in that trade. 2014 was when he really started to show his dominance as a reliever having not given up a home run in all of the season. The next year was when the Royals finally put it all together and as a closer he really started to shine. He got the final 3 outs to lead the Royals to a world series win.
Great pickup for a hopefully few year solution to our closer hole. I’d fully expect that will more time the position will be Carl Edwards Jr.’s to lose.