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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 Sign Bud Black to Contract Extension

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The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have agreed to terms with manager Bud Black on a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2022 season, according to the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders.

Black, 61, has enjoyed success during his first two seasons at the helm in Colorado, posting a 178-147 record and leading the Rockies to a pair of postseason appearances with Wild Card berths, finishing third in National League Manager of the Year voting in each of his two seasons.

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Rockies Sign Mark Reynolds

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The Colorado Rockies have agreed to to terms with veteran first baseman Mark Reynolds on a minor league deal with $1 million in base with an addition $1 million in incentives, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Reynolds, 35, will get an invitation to spring training.

Reynolds posted a .248/.328/.476 slash line with 13 home runs last season for the Washington Nationals.

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Rockies, Daniel Murphy Agree on Deal

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The Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms on a two-year, $24 million deal with free agent infielder Daniel Murphy, according to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.

Murphy, 33, with provide Colorado with a valuable left handed bat to their lineup and can be plugged into the infield when needed, although he has struggled defensively recently.

Last season, Murphy posted a .322/.358/.502 slash line with 12 homeruns.

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