On Sunday afternoon, Wade Davis earned his 40th save of the season in the Colorado Rockies’ 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. That save brings Davis one away from matching the franchise record of 41 saves in a season set by Jose Jimenez in 2002 and Greg Holland just last year.
So here is the big question: Was the Colorado Rockies signing Wade Davis to the largest contract ever for a reliever, worth the money?
Last winter, general manager Jeff Bridich and the Rockies tried to re-sign Holland to the largest contract ever for a reliever by offering him a three-year/$52 million deal. Taking the advice of everyone’s favorite sports agent, Scott Boras, Holland rejected the offer and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Rockies turned their focus to the other big name closer on the market, offered the exact same monster contract and, on December 30, 2017, Davis was signed and in a Rockies uniform.
Davis leads the National league with 40 saves. To go along with his saves, he has a .190 batting average against, a 1.11 WHIP with 72 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.
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On the negative side, his 4.48 ERA is the highest among NL closers and he has six blown saves to go along with his 3-6 record and only a .6 WAR.
Even with some of his bad stats, the Rockies would not be in the middle of a playoff race with out Davis. He did have a very rough stretch in August where he dropped back-to-back saves and has a tendency to put traffic on the bases but without him, the Rockies may not be in the battle for the NL West title.
For such a huge contract, many might expect better results … but keep in mind that the Rockies had to overspend with the reputation that Coors Field has for pitching.
So here is your chance to let us know.
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Davis has two more weeks to surpass 41 saves this season. With the way the playoff race is shaping up, he will be put into some high-pressure situations and the Rockies will need him to live up to his rather large contract.