Rockies, Davis reach record deal

Glen Norman
December 30, 2017

Holland made $15 million this year, but he did not exercise the $15 million player option after the 2017 season.

A native of Lake Wales, FL, Davis posted a 4-2 mark with the Chicago Cubs last season, recording 32 saves. There is also a vesting option for the 2021 season worth $14 million as long as Davis finishes 30 games for the Rockies in 2020. His career reversed fortunes in Kansas City, where he converted from a starter to reliever in 2014. Davis won a World Series ring with the Royals in 2015 and helped the Cubs to another World Series appearance previous year.

The Rockies have been eyeing a big-name closer this year, setting their sights on Davis and last year's closer, Greg Holland, who opted for free agency after the season.

Jeff Bridich was somewhat mocked for saying "yes" three weeks ago when asked if his team could win a World Series in 2018.

Davis didn't earn quite as much on the open market as closers like Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen did past year. Instead, they've ended up with Davis as the back of their bullpen. With a deal that's essentially four years and $66 million, Davis sets up other relievers for a big payday.

For the Rockies, the addition of Davis should put the finishing touches on the team's bullpen. Colorado has invested a bunch of money in its bullpen this winter, re-signing Jake McGee for $27 million, bringing aboard Bryan Shaw for $27 million, and now reeling in Davis for a whopping $52 million.

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