For Colorado Rockies fans, there was perhaps no greater frustration last season than when their high-priced closer came into the game and couldn’t hold the lead.
Colorado Rockies fans were vocal about the disappointing season put up by (former) closer Wade Davis in 2019. By the time last season had ended, Davis had lost his job as the go-to guy in late innings and many were wondering if he would ever be able to conquer Coors Field in the future after posting after posting an 11.10 ERA in Denver while allowing 34 hits in 24.1 innings. Opponents hit .318 against him at Coors Field.
However, on the road, Davis fared better, posting a 5.40 ERA in 18.1 innings as opponents hit .250 against him. That was the bright spot in a season where Davis went on the injured list in May with a left oblique strain and never seemed to have the same stuff again.
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It was a stark difference from the closer who notched a franchise-record 43 saves in 2018 to help Colorado reach its second consecutive postseason appearance.
With Davis scheduled to make $17 million in 2020 (and with a 2021 option of $15 million that vests with 30 games finished in 2020, per Spotrac.com), it was time to see if those road stats that Davis put up last season could intrigue another team to take a chance on him. This would not only free up some necessary spending money for the Rockies but also give Davis an opportunity to rebound from a brutal season.
As a part of the FanSided Fake Winter Meetings, we found a trade partner for Davis in the New York Mets and came up with a deal that we believe helps the Rockies tremendously.
You can read about it on the next page. However, don’t forget, this is a simulation. This trade has not happened in real life.