When it comes to free agency, every fan wants to be wowed, right? This would be a signing that would qualify as a “wow” caliber move. Wade Davis is clearly the best reliever on the market after turning in another solid year with the Chicago Cubs. Davis busted onto the scene in 2015 after the Kansas City Royals turned to him to take over as closer and the starter turned reliever never looked back.
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Davis appeared in 59 games for the Cubs, held a 2.30 ERA and recorded 32 saves. Through his 58.2 innings, Davis recorded 79 strikeouts putting him at a stellar 12.1 strikeouts per nine. Davis is the definition of shut down, power-armed reliever. That would clearly come at a price and MLB Trade Rumors sets that price at 4 years, $60 million. Their prediction is that the Houston Astros will be the one to pay that price, but names the Twins as a potential fit.
The question will be, should we want the Twins to sign Davis? Yes, we want his talent in the bullpen, that is clear. Do we want his contract? That starts an entirely different conversation. Davis isn’t without his history of injury and his contract would almost entirely end the Twins offseason spending without an increase in payroll. Which the Twins will hopefully be able to do, but it is no guarantee. So while a Davis signing would certainly “wow,” there are questions to be answered before wishing to heavily in this direction.