Cubs Replace Chapman With Davis
Chicago Cubs weren’t going to bring back Alrodis Chapman. It appeared the closer who helped the team win the World Series would come at too high of a price tag. Instead, they made a trade bringing in Wade Davis from Kansas City for Jorge Soler in a one-for-one deal. Davis gets the ball in the final inning, and Kansas City adds another controllable bat to their lineup.
In 2016, Davis was damn unstoppable with only nine runs allowed in 45 appearances, and he only blew three saves resulting in a 1.87 ERA. The more attractive thing about Davis is he pitched in World Series and the postseason masterfully. That’s when we all got to know how good he was out of the bullpen. Cubs won’t have to worry about Davis in high-leverage situations. He’s also on one-year deal worth 10 million dollars, so Cubs could do the same thing they did with Chapman (Not going to write about Chapman, but the fact New York Yankees gave a closer 86 million dollars is puke worthy).
As for Kansas City, they’re looking to remold their roster, and Soler is a nice start to it. He gives them a ton of power in the order and big arm. He never established himself as a full-time starter for Cubs, but he’s shown signs of potential. He’s only 24 with room to improve.