The Chicago Cubs acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals on Wednesday, in exchange for OF Jorge Soler.
Soler never got it going in Chicago, since signing his deal in 2012. Soler was replaced in the starting lineup last season by Jason Heyward, and an injury-plagued campaign only saw him play in 86 games.
Soler will be an everyday player in Kansas City, playing both RF and DH.
The Cubs get back their closer for the 2017 season. Davis, who’s contract expires after the 2017 season, will get to prove he’s worth an extension next offseason.
Davis will be reunited with former manager Joe Maddon. Davis played on the Rays under Maddon from 2009-2012.
Davis will be the team’s starting closer from day one, after the team lost Aroldis Chapman to free agency.
Davis will hope to add to what was an already impressive pitching staff that posted the best ERA in the majors in 2016.