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Birth Date9-7-1985
Height6' 5"
Weight225 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 13 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2009 TBA MLB 6 6 36.3 2 2 0 33 13 36 2 .261 107 8.2 3.2 0.5 8.9 40% .316 .221 1.27 2.94 3.72 89 3.49 74.9 0.8
2010 TBA MLB 29 29 168.0 12 10 0 165 62 113 24 .257 106 8.8 3.3 1.3 6.1 40% .272 .264 1.35 4.75 4.07 113 5.01 113.0 0.5
2011 TBA MLB 29 29 184.0 11 10 0 190 63 105 23 .259 98 9.3 3.1 1.1 5.1 38% .280 .277 1.38 4.70 4.45 114 5.12 119.0 -0.1
2012 TBA MLB 54 0 70.3 3 0 0 48 29 87 5 .256 95 6.1 3.7 0.6 11.1 40% .264 .223 1.09 2.73 2.43 73 2.49 57.1 1.9
2013 KCA MLB 31 24 135.3 8 11 0 169 58 114 15 .266 100 11.2 3.9 1.0 7.6 42% .361 .301 1.68 4.20 5.32 103 5.03 120.4 -0.2
2014 KCA MLB 71 0 72.0 9 2 3 38 23 109 0 .264 102 4.8 2.9 0.0 13.6 49% .264 .172 0.85 1.21 1.00 48 1.79 44.0 2.4
2015 KCA MLB 69 0 67.3 8 1 17 33 20 78 3 .263 101 4.4 2.7 0.4 10.4 39% .200 .170 0.79 2.25 0.94 80 2.58 60.3 1.7
2016 KCA MLB 45 0 43.3 2 1 27 33 16 47 0 .257 102 6.9 3.3 0.0 9.8 48% .300 .198 1.13 2.25 1.87 77 3.02 66.8 1.0
2017 CHN MLB 59 0 58.7 4 2 32 39 28 79 6 .267 99 6.0 4.3 0.9 12.1 42% .262 .216 1.14 3.39 2.30 79 2.93 62.5 1.5
2018 COL MLB 69 0 65.3 3 6 43 43 26 78 8 .269 111 5.9 3.6 1.1 10.7 42% .238 .209 1.06 3.61 4.13 89 3.90 87.1 0.8
CareerMLB46288900.7624512279133884686.2611027.93.40.98.541%.284.2451.253.663.50954.0392.610.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2004 PRI Rk 13 13 57.7 3 5 0 71 19 38 8 .000 11.1 3.0 1.2 5.9 0% .326 .000 1.56 5.29 5.93 0 0.00 0.0
2005 HUD A- 15 15 86.0 7 4 0 75 23 97 5 .262 41 7.8 2.4 0.5 10.2 56% .314 .220 1.14 2.89 2.72 0 0.00 0.0
2006 GRL A 27 27 146.2 7 12 0 124 64 165 5 .000 7.6 3.9 0.3 10.2 0% .325 .000 1.29 2.97 3.02 0 0.00 0.0
2007 VRO A+ 13 13 78.3 3 0 0 54 21 88 5 .253 104 6.2 2.4 0.6 10.1 50% .262 .193 0.96 2.84 1.84 0 0.00 0.0
2007 MNT AA 14 14 80.0 7 3 0 74 30 81 3 .270 92 8.3 3.4 0.3 9.1 49% .336 .260 1.30 3.12 3.15 0 0.00 0.0
2008 MNT AA 19 19 107.7 9 6 0 104 42 81 7 .256 112 8.7 3.5 0.6 6.8 46% .307 .232 1.36 4.00 3.84 0 0.00 0.0
2008 DUR AAA 9 9 53.0 4 2 0 39 24 55 5 .263 88 6.6 4.1 0.8 9.3 46% .272 .237 1.19 4.05 2.72 0 0.00 0.0
2009 TBA MLB 6 6 36.3 2 2 0 33 13 36 2 .261 107 8.2 3.2 0.5 8.9 40% .316 .221 1.27 2.94 3.72 89 3.49 74.9
2009 DUR AAA 28 28 158.7 10 8 0 139 60 140 14 .251 113 7.9 3.4 0.8 7.9 41% .276 .230 1.25 3.78 3.40 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TBA MLB 29 29 168.0 12 10 0 165 62 113 24 .257 106 8.8 3.3 1.3 6.1 40% .272 .264 1.35 4.75 4.07 113 5.01 113.0
2011 TBA MLB 29 29 184.0 11 10 0 190 63 105 23 .259 98 9.3 3.1 1.1 5.1 38% .280 .277 1.38 4.70 4.45 114 5.12 119.0
2012 TBA MLB 54 0 70.3 3 0 0 48 29 87 5 .256 95 6.1 3.7 0.6 11.1 40% .264 .223 1.09 2.73 2.43 73 2.49 57.1
2013 KCA MLB 31 24 135.3 8 11 0 169 58 114 15 .266 100 11.2 3.9 1.0 7.6 42% .361 .301 1.68 4.20 5.32 103 5.03 120.4
2013 WIL A+ 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 .251 90 4.5 0.0 0.0 22.5 50% .500 .101 0.50 -1.66 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 KCA MLB 71 0 72.0 9 2 3 38 23 109 0 .264 102 4.8 2.9 0.0 13.6 49% .264 .172 0.85 1.21 1.00 48 1.79 44.0
2015 KCA MLB 69 0 67.3 8 1 17 33 20 78 3 .263 101 4.4 2.7 0.4 10.4 39% .200 .170 0.79 2.25 0.94 80 2.58 60.3
2016 KCA MLB 45 0 43.3 2 1 27 33 16 47 0 .257 102 6.9 3.3 0.0 9.8 48% .300 .198 1.13 2.25 1.87 77 3.02 66.8
2016 OMA AAA 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 .288 9.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 75% .500 .198 1.00 0.72 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2016 ROY Rk 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .213 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 33% .333 .168 1.00 2.11 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 59 0 58.7 4 2 32 39 28 79 6 .267 99 6.0 4.3 0.9 12.1 42% .262 .216 1.14 3.39 2.30 79 2.93 62.5
2018 COL MLB 69 0 65.3 3 6 43 43 26 78 8 .269 111 5.9 3.6 1.1 10.7 42% .238 .209 1.06 3.61 4.13 89 3.90 87.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 595 0.5059 0.4471 0.7857 0.6578 0.2313 0.8283 0.6618 0.2143
2010 2768 0.5130 0.4480 0.8468 0.6261 0.2604 0.8999 0.7123 0.1532
2011 2944 0.5054 0.4698 0.8554 0.6411 0.2946 0.9025 0.7506 0.1446
2012 1218 0.4787 0.4696 0.7115 0.6690 0.2866 0.7538 0.6209 0.2885
2013 2461 0.4823 0.4299 0.8043 0.5965 0.2747 0.8743 0.6629 0.1957
2014 1174 0.5077 0.4659 0.6527 0.6292 0.2976 0.7120 0.5233 0.3473
2015 1045 0.5005 0.4612 0.7241 0.6310 0.2912 0.7909 0.5789 0.2759
2016 706 0.4490 0.4816 0.7176 0.6530 0.3419 0.7826 0.6165 0.2824
2017 1054 0.4421 0.4753 0.6647 0.6631 0.3265 0.7443 0.5365 0.3353
2018 1106 0.4014 0.4277 0.7019 0.6329 0.2900 0.8648 0.4635 0.2981
Career150710.4860.45530.77510.63380.2860.84040.64330.2249

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-14 2014-05-17 DTD 3 3 - Neck Soreness - -
2013-03-04 2013-03-20 Camp 16 0 Right Shoulder Fatigue - -
2011-07-07 2011-07-22 15-DL 15 10 Right Forearm Strain - -
2011-03-12 2011-03-19 Camp 7 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-08-06 2010-08-23 15-DL 17 16 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2021 COL $1,000,000
2020 COL $17,000,000
2019 COL $18,000,000
2018 COL $16,000,000
2017 CHN $10,000,000
2016 KCA $8,000,000
2015 KCA $7,000,000
2014 KCA $4,800,000
2013 KCA $2,800,000
2012 TBA $1,500,000
2011 TBA $1,000,000
2010 TBA $404,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$35,504,900
2018Current$16,000,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$51,504,900
3 yrFuture$36,000,000
12 yrTotal$87,504,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 32 dJet Sports3 years/$52M (2018-20), 2021 option

Details
  • 3 years/$52M (2018-20), plus 2021 option. Signed by Colorado as a free agent 12/29/17. 18:$16M, 19:$18M, 20:$17M, 21:$15M mutual option ($1M buyout). Mutual option becomes $15M player option if Davis finishes 30 games in 2020 and is healthy enough to be on 2021 Opening Day roster. Assignment bonus: $1M if traded. If traded, Davis receives full no-trade clause for any subsequent deal. Perks: suite at Coors Field when available. At signing, highest-ever average annual value for a reliever.
  • 4 years/$12.6M (2011-14), plus 2015-17 club options. Signed extension with Tampa Bay 3/31/11, replacing 1-year deal signed 2/26/11. 11:$1M, 12:$1.5M, 13:$2.8M, 14:$4.8M, 15:$7M club option, 16:$8M club option, 17:$10M club option ($2.5M buyout). Award bonuses, including $25,000 for All Star. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Tampa Bay 12/9/12. Kansas City exercised 2015 option 11/3/14. Kansas City exercised 2016 option 11/5/15. Kansas City exercised 2017 option 11/16. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Kansas City 12/7/16.
  • 1 year/$0.4049M (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/20/08. Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2004 (3-75) (Lake Wales HS, Fla.). $0.475M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .208 .285 .284 .211
11 vs R (Multi) .198 .272 .276 .208
18 Split (Multi) .010 .012 .007 .004
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .200 .264 .225 .179
31 vs R (2016) .221 .326 .260 .217
38 Split (2016) -.021 -.061 -.035 -.038
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming Wade Davis signs somewhere besides Chicago. Thinking a deal for somebody like Brad hand makes sense. Your thoughts?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Cubs have proven to be willing to trade pieces for a closer, so sure. Wondering how much the price has actually come down there, and whether it might be better to dip into the fairly deep relief pitching market. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What has happened to the cubs entire pitching staff? Age? Hangover? bad luck? lester and Edwards and Wade Davis are the only ones worth a damn
(Aimee from Ankeny )
Well, they were pretty amazing last year, so there was going to be some regression. And it's only May 10. But there are some issues.

1. The pitching staff was helped tremendously by the defense last year. It's not as good this year. They're currently 17th in park-adjusted defensive efficiency; they were first by a mile last year.

2. Lackey has shown his age. Hendricks has been not good. Anderson's been awful. But as I noed earlier, Arreita's FIP and DRA point to better times ahead (they're not a lot worse than last year). If he and Lester are good, Hendricks and Lackey OK, and somebody starts every fifth day with an ERA below 8, they're still the class of the division. (Rob Mains)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Wade Davis this year?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Is he healthy? Can he stay healthy? Those are the big questions. I was on record around this time a year ago touting Davis & Britton as the top fantasy (non-Jansen) closers in the game, so obviously I believe in the talent. I think banking on 30 saves is reasonable. You might get into trouble if you pay for 40+ on draft day. (George Bissell)
2015-10-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)I haven't seen anyone pick the Mets to win this series despite the fact that they have vastly superior starting pitching. The Royals make contact, sure, and they play good defense. They also have a middle relief edge. I wouldn't say they have a hitting advantage so I just don't see how the defense and relief pitching adds up to them being the better team.
(Mike from Jersey)
Hey, I picked them in my World Series Preview this morning! I don't feel that strongly about it though if I am honest. I think you underplay just how big the defense and relief edge is (and it isn't just middle relief. I love Familia, but Wade Davis is on another level). Mets will need length from their starters and need to get to KC pitching early. I think they have the guys to get that done, but it's a very close matchup. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-10-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many home runs will I hit in the World Series?
(J. Uribae from NYC)
Like Lagares, Uribe isn't a great matchup against the power righties the Royals have in the offing. Add in the chest injury which is probably not 100% yet, and the stage is set for a ridiculously swaggy and unpredictable bomb off Wade Davis. Okay, maybe not. But I am excited to see how much chaw he can cram into his cheek on the national stage. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)Name some guys who is not currently a closer, but could be on opening day?
(Davin from Pittsburgh)
Joakim Soria, Tyler Clippard, Wade Davis and does Koji Uehara count? (Bret Sayre)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Greg, Who are some current non-closers who could win the job in 2016?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
We (the royal we, the editorial) are pretty bad at this even on Opening Day Eve, so I'm sorry to say I don't have a great answer for this. Rondon saved a game last night so I guess he doesn't count. Have a vague recollection of Holland being in the last year of arb and even if not, the Royals might not want to pay him with Wade Davis behind him. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Could we petition the league to have Wade Davis traded to Cleveland just to see if Mickey Callaway could somehow keep him throwing 96 as a starter?
(Tony from Edmond, OK)
OK. I like petitions. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi CJ, Who are the current non-closers most likely to be closing by mid-season?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Is Wade Davis closing for the Royals now? Kenny Giles will be a closer later this year, I think. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Mike! Thanks for your work. 16 team points league with 18 keepers (25 man-roster + 3 minor slots). I'm keeping Pujols, Beltre, Xander, Stanton, Ellsbury, Wright, Russell, Greinke, Gerrit Cole, Waino and Stroman. But I'm struggling with other 7 slots, so I decided to ask for help. Pretendents: McCann, Odor, Profar, Choo, Duda, Gausman, Phil Hughes, Holland, Doolittle, Wade Davis, Archie Bradley, Giolito, Stephenson. Thanks!
(navarra from Ukraine)
Ukraine! Wow! Thanks for reading.

A lot of this obviously depends on whether you're looking at this year or the future. McCann, Profar, Duda, Gausman, Hughes, Davis, and Giolito are the seven I think I'd keep, but that's a nice list with a nice set of problems to have. Stephenson and Bradley are tough to drop, but I don't like going with too much rookie pitching in a format like this. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Just to clarify - drop Greg Holland and keep Wade Davis? Or you thought about Derek Holland? I'm fighting for championship this year. Thanks for answer!
(navarra from Ukraine)
I thought you meant Derek. Keep Greg, yes. I'd probably drop McCann. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best guess at which reliever(s) pull(s) a Wade Davis this year?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Really good question that requires four minutes of rosters meditation to answer, so in the meantime, anybody want to suggest one? (Sam Miller)
2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Dodgers and Cubs implicitly following Lewie Pollis' advice to spend indiscriminately on management?
(ssimon from Pelham, N.Y.)
Implicitly? I guess. Explicitly? I... guess. I'm not totally sure I believe it's the right way to do it, to be honest. I think there are so many smart people out there right now that front office guys might be more like relievers than anything. Fairly unpredictable (even the seemingly great ones), fairly replaceable, fairly short window of genius. The Dodgers have signed a ton of big front office guys this year. It seems like a great idea. But so did spending $30 million on a bullpen last offseason. Turned out the right answer was "Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera," and nobody knew it. (Sam Miller)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the success of mediocre starters turned stud relievers (Zachary Britton, Wade Davis) combined with the KC approach of using three relievers to close out the game, do you expect more teams to attempt to take such an approach?? Thanks for the chat, I always appreciate the insights of the BP team!!
(DJ from Dallas)
I think this approach has always existed. History tends to repeat itself. That being said, in a day where pitchers are getting injured at high rates and can also wing it 95+ on a consistent basis, I think we will see more pitchers being moved into RP roles sooner rather than later.

It's a great idea to shift a player over if that is where you ultimately think they end up. I use Jake Arrieta as the example as to why you DON'T move them. Imagine if the Orioles or Cubs had moved him to the pen and given up on starting. 2014 would have never happened, and he was nasty this year. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ned Yost just inconsistent or is he getting better?
(William from Spokane)
He's getting better. A crucial thing happened in September. The Aaron Crow Game (the cousin of The Jonny Gomes Game) showed the limits of Yost's rigid bullpen management. After that game, pitching coach Dave Eiland implored him to be more aggressive in using Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis.

One point to Yost's credit: He listened. The next night, Herrera pitched in the sixth. Davis pitched in the seventh.

Another point to Yost's credit: He did not waver. Because the Royals lost that next night, and Yost could have easily backslid into the routine. He didn't.

During the ALCS, multiple Orioles officials lamented to me their frustration that Yost had optimized his bullpen deployment. It was almost unfair, they said. And this was when the team wasn't even using Danny Duffy, who was their best pitcher for much of the summer.

So, in short, Yost has gotten better. He still does goofy things, like letting his No. 3 hitter bunt in the first inning. But they've found a horseshoe. At this point, it's Ned's world, and we're all just living in it. Hope you are all enjoying the #Yostseason. (Andy McCullough)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)If I had asked you three months ago what the Royals' offseason would look like, what would you have said? What about now?
(Justin from KC)
The biggest difference wrought by these three months, I think, is the Royals will show even more faith in Mike Moustakas. Their needs remain the same: They need an RF, a DH, another starting pitcher and some bullpen help.

Why?

Right field: Nori Aoki is a free agent, and he'll certainly play for more than $1.5 million in 2015. KC may make an attempt to retain him.

DH: The Royals have a $12.5 million team option on Billy Butler, and they certainly won't pick it up. He wants to stay, even after an awkward September spent sometimes on the bench. That feeling may not be mutual, but a World Series trophy could alter any potential plans to cut ties with him. Butler is a popular player with the ownership group, and his roots here are deep.

SP: James Shields is a free agent. He'll get a qualifying offer and decline it. If the Royals sign him after that, Andy Martino will cover spring training in a Speedo.

Bullpen: You always need bullpen arms. Here is the one other major difference. It appeared pretty clear throughout the season that the Royals had to make a decision about Greg Holland and Wade Davis. Their total paycheck for 2015 should land around $15 million (give or take $100,000 based on Holland's arbitration figure), and that's a high price to pay for two one-inning relievers. But, of course, this run may alter their internal calculus. Our Sam Mellinger reported the Royals believe they make at least $1 million for every playoff game they host. If they have the spare cash, they may feel its imperative to retain the ingredients of this formula.

That said, relievers are relievers are relievers, and relievers are inherently damaged pitchers. They end up as relievers because there's something wrong with them that prevents them from starting. So they can be volatile. Holland missed a good chunk of September with, essentially, a cranky arm. His triceps was tight. He has the most trade value of the duo, but between his profile as a one-inning reliever and some injury concerns of rival officials, the team won't exactly be able to trade him for a front-line hitter. One suggestion I heard - from neither a Royals official nor a Nationals official - was a fair swap would be Holland for Tanner Roark. I'm not sure the KC front office would be overwhelmed by that offer, but that's the type that could be awaiting them.

All of this is to say: Yes, Moustakas will be back in 2015, despite hitting .212/.271/.361 in 140 games this year. (Andy McCullough)
2014-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Sam, Which non-closers should I pick up now on the chance they will close in 2015?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Wade Davis, Ken Giles, Kevin Jepsen, Bruce Rondon... though not necessarily closing in April 2005. Trying to figure out who is going to close for the Giants next year. Who's going to close for the Giants next year? I'll say Jason Motte is going to close for the Giants next year. Enjoy this prediction, Giants fans and fantasy owners, I wrote it just for you! (Sam Miller)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, Hello cow has Wade Davis been lights out or what. Does his success continue and would he step in for Holland if there was in injury.
(Ken from Baltimore)
Love what he's doing for them... I wrote him up in the RP Lineup Card that posted this morning. They have a deep pen so I could see Yost letting Herrera have a crack since he's at least had some closing exp., but Davis would HAVE to get a look if something happened to Holland. No platoon split and an obscene K rate! (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Of the hot new flame-throwing strikeout machine relievers, who is your favourite to watch? I can't not watch Betances and Neil Ramirez is fast becoming my secret(not secret) crush.
(ChoppertoChipper from Edmonton)
I remember you mentioning Ramirez last chat. I've been keeping an eye on him, too. I got to see him as a starter in Round Rock. Betances is my must-watch... I'll go back and watch his outings if I miss 'em. Wade Davis is becoming another for me (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have a favorite pick you've made in the reliever draft thus far? Didn't make it into your league so can't see your roster.
(Alex from Milwaukee)
My league is in the middle of the 13th round. My 12 picks so far:

Craig Kimbrel
Grant Balfour
Junichi Tazawa
Kevin Siegrist
Craig Stammen
Will Smith
Carlos Martinez
Adam Ottavino
Wade Davis
Manny Parra
Heath Hembree
Santiago Casilla

(For anyone who doesn't know what we're talking about, Sam is running a reliever-only fantasy league with Effectively Wild listeners. Only categories are runs allowed and strikeouts, and only relief innings count.) (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Ultra-deep mixed league with heavy emphasis on pitching, Wade Davis blew up last night for the second time in a row - with Cap coming off the DL next week, do you drop Davis for him? Can Davis's turn this weekend - if good - change your mind?
(Pat from Bronx)
I'm very familiar with Davis-I think he could be a number four starter-so one start won't change anything for me. Capuano is safer, albeit with a lower ceiling. It comes down to what you want. If you have a team with a few solid, safe options already you may wanna gamble. Or vice versa. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wade Davis have a chance to bust out this year?
(Raul from Turning Stone Casino)
Yes, I believe so. Depends how his velocity transfers from the bullpen. I like him a bit. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a couple starting pitchers in mind that might break out this season?
(Matt M from Malone, NY)
I do Matt from Malone. Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, Iwakuma, Teheran, Wade Davis are some good late round names depending on your league size. (Paul Singman)
2012-10-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello, old friend! James Shields, Jeff Niemann, Alex Torres, Cesar Ramos, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis or Chris Archer all likely not going to remain with the team past Winter Meetings, let alone Spring Training. How do the Rays better their roster, knowing there's a huge logjam of pitching and there's room for improvement offensively. James Shields kicked it up a notch after the deadline, but can the Rays withstand another horrible 1st half from him again?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I don't think Archer is going anywhere. Part of his problem was philosophical-he pitched off his slider more than he should. He seemed to solve those after getting a taste in the big leagues and realizing his fastball plays against the big boys. Otherwise, he doesn't fit the profile of someone they'd part with at this juncture in his career.

I do see Tampa Bay trading pitching. If you want a name I'd say Nick Hundley. San Diego has enough catching, in the majors and in the minors, to move him for value. He'd fit nicely on Tampa Bay's roster. I don't have a good feel for what the market at first base or DH will be like (if they don't bring back Luke Scott). Logan Morrison's name might pop up if Miami is tired of him. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wade Davis or Jake McGee, who is more of a promising reliever for the future for leagues that have holds as a stat?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I'd prefer McGee. Davis made an excellent transition to the bullpen this year, but McGee's handedness should assure him holds against tough lefties late in games. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)What about making up ratios in leagues with GS limits (mine's 200)? I'm in a 10-team league like that and killing everything except ratios. Is it reasonable to roster a bunch of solid ratios RPs to chip away in the 2nd half? If so, who'd you sugest?
(gus from NJ)
someone like Wade Davis or Jason Grilli..guys that get the work in. You need more than just 1 IP spots (Jason Collette)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Wade Davis make 5 starts this year?
(bradleyankrom from TPAFLA)
No. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the reasons against starting Matt Moore over Jeff Nieman down the stretch?
(JDanger from chicago)
Because Niemann hasn't pitched badly - Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson have higher FIPs, by the way - and because Moore is nearing his innings cap. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)keeper league, one spot left -- Wade Davis or Brett Cecil?
(JB from NYC)
I would keep Davis for the future upside, even if they may be the same guy in 2011. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Tommy, thanks for the chat today. Any word on an ETA for Desmond Jennings and Jeremy Hellickson in Tampa? Thanks.
(will0911 from VT)
They're both blocked pretty well (by Carl Crawford and Wade Davis, basically). On most other teams they'd both already be on the major league roster. I think this is the year when Tampa will actually make a decent-sized deadline move, so let's just wait a little longer and see if there isn't room at the inn in two weeks. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Exactly what do you think of James Shields and Wade Davis? Both started off well enough, the past month has been rough.
(OTSgamer from Dallas, TX)
Was never really high on Davis but I still think Shields is one of the most valuable SPs in the game, especially with that contract. I don't see him as a true #1 pitcher in the traditional sense of like a 2.80 ERA or anything, but as more of a 3.50-3.70 guy with 220 IP and a good K/BB ratio. Let's give Davis some more time though. It's really tough to gauge a player after only a month or two. (Eric Seidman)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my very deep, 14 team mixed league I'm in need of some pop, and have a day to put in a claim on Stanton (thankfully I have $ to do so). The question is, my pitching staff is very young & volatile, which of these 4 guys would you recommend dropping: W. Davis, Ely, C. Richard, W. LeBlanc? I'm leaning Wade Davis fwiw...
(Andy from Chicago)
I can see Davis getting pushed out by Hellickson. Wade LeBlanc had a few iffy starts, but he's in the NL with Petco, and probably won't get bumped by Tim Stauffer if he can keep it up. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 10 team (typical 5x5 roto) league I just traded away Jose Reyes and Wade Davis for Zorilla and Scherzer (I'm 1st in steals, last in RBI). Fair trade? Winner? Loser?
(WilliamWilde from Boston, MA)
I *love* Max Scherzer, so the fact you were able to get him while selling low on Reyes is pretty great in my mind. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)Go Phils. I have an abundance of pitchers and a need for outfielders in a 16 team mixed league. Should I try to trade Wade Davis for Jay Bruce or Jason Kubel? These teams just can't put up a good phight against the Phils these days.
(choms57 from philadelphia)
Go Phils.

It's kind of hard for me to evaluate a fantasy trade because I don't have a sense of how valuable these guys are in a given league. I do think Wade Davis is playing over his head. If he doesn't stop issuing walks, he's going to start allowing a lot more runs when his share of hits starting falling in. Jay Bruce finally has hit BABIP up to normal, but he's probably got a little more power than this. I think his numbers are starting to look normal again, though. Kubel like I said earlier just isn't hitting the ball as hard as he should, so he might need a little time to work out kinks. (Matt Swartz)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a shallow 8 team league with some friends. I drafter Chipper, but grabbed Headley on the waiver wire. Do I drop Chipper and grab a pitcher? Jaime Garcia, Brad Penny, Phil Hughes, Brett Cecil, and Wade Davis are all available. Bonus round: I already snagged CJ Wilson off the wire. Do you like any of the guys I listed better than CJ? Thanks!
(Gregjitsu from Cal)
I like C.J. Wilson a lot. I think he's like Buehrle with more strikeouts (more walks too, though). I wonder why he started out as a reliever, because he's got the stuff and repertoire to be a starter.

Hughes, Cecil or Davis would all be worthwhile IMO. Cecil will probably give you the fewest wins though, when the Jays remember they are the Jays. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you bullish on Wade Davis' prospects for 2010?
(Stu from NJ)
Yup. Just picked him to win Rookie of the Year. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you love Latos this year more than Wade Davis, Matusz and Baumgartner?
(TheSportsIdiot from ATL)
I'm still not 100% on how much Latos is going to pitch. I'd take Wade Davis for 2010 over all of them, Latos #2. If they all threw 180 innings, I'd go with Latos. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Due to the weird keeper rules in our league, I can keep Wade Davis in the 18th round this year, then two rounds ahead of that until he gets tossed back into the draft nine years from now, if I wish. My alternative keeper in that spot is Jason Kubel. That's a no brainer, right?
(bctowns from Chicago)
Kubel can be replaced very easily. Having a starter who has Davis' ceiling around is much better than Kubel, especially if you can keep Davis as long as you say. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)One has to take Wade Davis over Harden or Sheets, right?
(LBC from The LBC)
Over Sheets? Yes. Harden, maybe not. Harden might kill you on innings a little, but he'll pitch a full season's worth of K's in that span. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)What prospect are you aiming to take in your fantasy drafts this year?
(MarinerDan from SF)
For non-keeper leagues, I like Neftali Feliz, Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, Wade Davis, and Brian Matusz. Almost all of those guys will get good playing time. One deep sleeper I like okay is Mark Hamilton of the Cardinals. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc, do you have a strong gut feeling about any of these guys?: Buchholz, Brett Anderson, Dice-K, Scott Baker, Matusz, Wade Davis, Ricky Romero, Justin Masterson, Homer Bailey. Let's assume Tommy Hanson was gone several rounds ago. Please help or my entire pitching staff will be sleepers!
(robertcfox from DC)
Brett Anderson and Clay Buchholz would be the two I suggest to you. Buchholz showed some positive growth in 2009 that I'm excited to see in 2010, and Brett Anderson is a future beast. (Marc Normandin)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Rays get a nice advantage in the Wild Card race based upon the quality of September callups they can make (Wade Davis, Matt Joyce, maybe Jeremy Hellickson)?
(achaik from ME)
Nah. It's nice to have those guys, but no September call-ups play enough to make that big a difference, or at least not predictably so. (And anybody can go .390/.460/.710 for a month.) (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Where do the Rays go to improve their bullpen; trade with another team for a veteran or two, or promote from within their own system?
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
I still think trying Wade Davis out there wouldn't be a bad idea. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)It was almost a given tht David Price's drafting basically showed Edwin Jackson the door, do you think Wade Davis' impending bus ride to St. Pete makes the 2009 season an audition for teams looking to trade for Andrew Sonnanstine?
(jlarsen from chicago, il)
Absolutely. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)How about Tampa's Wade Davis, where does he end up...as the closer?
(marco from Virginia Beach)
I could see Davis closing. I'll say this, the Rays have a really good problem with all the pitching to go with all the hitters they've developed in the last few years. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)The Rays have been talked about a lot in trades for relievers. How much internal promotion to the MLB Bullpen do you think we will see from guys such as Wade Davis, Jake McGee, Ryan Reid and especially David Price if they hope to stay in it this year?
(kvillerays from knoxville)
None from McGee, since he's out and has a year of TJ rehab ahead of him. Davis and Price? That's more interesting. If the Rays don't find trade help, I think they have to be options, especially in September. I'm sure we'll see the Rays make their roster flexible just in case. Reid, I'll admit to knowing nothing about aside from his stat line. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jake McGee and Wade Davis....do the Montgomery Biscuits have one of the best 1-4 rotations in the minor leagues right now?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
That's a question better suited for our prospect maven, Kevin Goldstein, but you've got to like that rotation a whole lot. If they were hocky players, they'd be able to put the biscuit in the basket. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick between the Yankees top pitching prospects, Boston's top pitching prospects and Tampa Bay's top pitching prospects, who would you pick to have the most success in the future?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
That's the billion dollar question, isn't it? I'm not a prospect expert, so I'm not sure I've got the most informed opinion here, but it's fun to kick the idea around. For all of Hughes' struggles, I think if you pair him and Chamberlain against Buchholz and Masterson, I think they come out ahead in the long run -- I tend to like those big bodies when it comes to durability, though of course with Hughes we have little evidence he's actually durable. As for the Rays, I haven't seen enough of David Price, Wade Davis, Jacob McGee or Jeff Niemann to know which of the two I should be comparing them to (if we're going two deep), but many people are very high on them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jeff Niemann going to get a fair shot at the rotation with Wade Davis, David Price, and Jake McGee banging on the door?
(Kevin from FCq)
I think everyone, including some of the second-tier pitchers in that system like Talbot and Mason will get a 'fair shot' at the roation -- I just think there are only so many jobs there. (Kevin Goldstein)


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