Wade Davis Inks Deal With Rockies

2016 Storm Chasers pitcher signs with Colorado

New Rockies reliever Wade Davis pitched in two games with the Storm Chasers as part of a Major League Rehab Assignment in 2016. (Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

By Andrew Green / Omaha Storm Chasers | December 29, 2017 4:52 PM

The Colorado Rockies on Friday afternoon officially announced they had signed reliever Wade Davis to a three-year contract. Davis, who notched 32 saves with the Chicago Cubs in 2017 and will always be remembered by Kansas City Royals fans for securing the final three outs of the 2015 World Series, pitched in Omaha during part of the 2016 campaign as part of a Major League Rehab Assignment.

The right-hander did not allow a run while striking out three in two spotless innings over two appearances with the Storm Chasers in 2016, fanning three batters. One of those outings came at Werner Park on August 30, 2016, while the other came against in Iowa, facing the Triple-A affiliate of his future club, the Chicago Cubs.

After being acquired by Kansas City in a trade prior to the 2013 season, Davis accumulated a 27-15 record and 2.94 ERA (104 ER/318.0 IP) with 348 strikeouts in 216 career appearances (24 starts) with the Royals. He notched 47 regular season saves, 44 of which came between the 2015-16 campaigns, earning American League All-Star honors in each of those seasons. It was during those two years that Davis was most dominant with Kansas City, totaling a 10-2 mark and 1.30 ERA (16 ER/110.2 IP) with 125 strikeouts. He also finished in the top eight in American League Cy Young Award voting twice in 2014 and 2015.

Davis in 2017 compiled a 4-2 mark and 2.30 ERA (15 ER/58.2 IP) with 79 strikeouts over 59 relief outings with the Chicago Cubs, helping lead them to the postseason. In nine Major League seasons, he has accrued a 59-39 clip and 3.45 ERA (320 ER/835.1 IP) along with 79 saves and 768 strikeouts between Tampa Bay (2009-12), Kansas City (2013-16) and Chicago (2017). He was selected by the Rays in the third round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Lake Wales High School in Florida.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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