Davis is a 32-year-old right-handed reliever who has been an All-Star for three consecutive seasons. He broke out with the Royals in 2014, when he posted a 1.00 ERA as a set-up man. He was even better, somehow, in 2015, when he posted one of the better reliever seasons in recent memory. He had a 0.94 ERA. Davis served as the Royals’ closer in 2016 while Greg Holland was out due to Tommy John surgery. The Royals traded Davis to the Cubs prior to the 2017 season. Davis had a 2.30 ERA and saved 32 games for the Cubs before entering free agency.
Davis is the third reliever the Rockies have signed this offseason. He joins Bryan Shaw and the returning Jake McGee. As it stands, the Rockies look poised to have the best bullpen in the National League once again.
Passan reports that the deal is for three years and $52 million—“the highest per year salary ever for a reliever.”
Update, 9:09 a.m MT: Passan has more contract details. There’s a fourth year vesting option that would increase Davis’s payday to $66 million.