Closer Wade Davis reaches three-year deal with Rockies

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The 31-year-old Davis played with the Cubs in 2017 and was the club's only all-star representative in 2017. The Cubs closer from a year ago, Davis probably would have hoped for a bit longer of a deal but a closer earning north of $17 million is a reminder of just how much baseball salaries have grown in recent years.

Davis, 32, has 79 saves over the past four seasons, including 32 last season. Passan also said there is a fourth-year vesting option that could take the total spend to $66 million.

The fact that Davis ended up signing with the Rockies is a bit of a surprise.

This would mark another major bullpen signing for the Rockies this offseason as the team agreed to terms with former Cleveland Indians reliever Bryan Shaw during the Winter Meetings. He won a World Series in the closing role with Kansas City in 2015, recording the final three outs in game 5 to beat the Mets and win the title. The Cubs do have all those young position players, and remember that Davis was acquired in an offseason trade with the Royals. Instead, they've ended up with Davis as the back of their bullpen.

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With the addition of Davis, the Rockies will have spent $106 million on the three relievers.

Davis' signing boosts a Colorado bullpen that ranked third in the National League with 47 saves and was tops in the league in the fewest blown saves.

After the Rockies reached the wild-card game in 2017, expectations will be high heading into 2018.

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