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Rockies Sign Closer Wade Davis To Record-Setting Contract

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The likelihood that free agent Greg Holland will return to the Colorado Rockies in 2018 just got much lower.

On Friday, the Rockies officially signed right-handed closer Wade Davis to a three-year, $52 million deal. At an average annual salary of $17.3 million, this sets a new record for a relief pitcher, breaking the previous mark of $17.2 million after Aroldis Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the New York Yankees last December.

According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, Davis will earn $16 million in 2018, $18 million in 2019, and $17 million in 2020. His deal also includes a $15 million vesting player option for a fourth season, which has a $1 million buyout.

Davis, 32, saved 32 games in 33 chances for the Chicago Cubs this past season with a 2.30 ERA, as well as 44 in 48 chances the previous two seasons for the Kansas City Royals.

There’s no denying that Davis is one of the most elite relief pitchers in all of baseball; some could argue he’s the most dominant. Since 2014, in 244 games (all relief appearances), he’s posted a 1.45 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. In addition, he failed to allow a home run in the 2014 and 2016 seasons in a combined 115 1/3 innings.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich weighed in on his new prized fireballer:

“He’s (Davis) a guy who’s taken very seriously when he comes into the game. If you’re the opposition and you see Wade Davis coming in, just like Greg Holland and other top closers, those guys are taken seriously. The other team knows that they have it in for them to try to win that game that night.

The signing of Davis continues a busy offseason for Colorado as far as their bullpen goes, as they signed right-hander Bryan Shaw and re-signed left-hander Jake McGee to identical three-year deals earlier this month. Once again, with Davis at the helm now, it’s highly unlikely that 2017 National League save leader Greg Holland- who had 41- will return to the Rockies next year.

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Rockies Place Tyler Anderson On IL

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The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Tyler Anderson on the 10-day injured list due to left knee inflammation, according to an official team announcement.

Anderson, 29, has struggled to start the season, giving up 11 runs over his first 2 starts of the 2019 campaign.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies have recalled right-hander Yency Almonte from Triple-A.

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Rockies Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Colorado Rockies have signed left hander Jorge De La Rosa who was brought back to the organization via a minors deal.

De La Rosa, 38, spent 9 years with the Rockies, pitching to the tune of a 4.35 ERA during that span, and spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs.

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Rockies Call Up Pat Valaika

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The Colorado Rockies have called up infielder Pat Valaika to fill the roster spot of the injured Daniel Murphy, according to The Athletic’s Nick Groke.

Valaika is coming off a red hot Spring Training in which he clubbed 4 homers in 49 at bats.

At this time is appears as though Valaika will serve in a bench role, as Ryan McMahon will take Murphy’s starting job during his absence.

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