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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, 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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Rockies’ Trevor Story Hits Estimated 505 Feet Homerun

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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story smacked two homeruns against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, one that measure 505 feet.

According to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, Story’s 505 foot moonshot was the longest homer in the Statcast era, topping the previous mark held by New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton who hit a 504-footer ion 2016 when he was a member of the Miami Marlins.

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Rockies Select Contract Of Matt Holliday

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The Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of Matt Holliday, who signed a minor league deal with Colorado last month, which will bring him back to the team for the first time since 2008, according to the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders.

The 38-year old slugger was hopeful to continue his career, but there were questions regarding his big league future after he went unsigned this past offseason. Holliday made the most of his opportunity with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a .346/.452/.596 slash line with 3 homers.

A spot was created on their 40-man roster when Chris Rabago was claimed on outright waivers by the New York Yankees, whom Holliday spent the 2017 season playing for. The Rockies optioned Garrett Hampson was optioned to Triple A in a corresponding move.

 

 

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