Wade Davis already had closed out a World Series. And that was part of his appeal for the Chicago Cubs.
In a trade between the last two champions, the Cubs acquired the All-Star reliever from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for outfielder Jorge Soler. Davis immediately takes over the spot held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won their first title since 1908.
“Wade is going to pitch the ninth inning,” Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer said.
Davis has done especially well in the postseason and helped the Royals win the 2015 crown. In 27⅓ career postseason innings as a reliever, he has a 0.33 ERA with 39 strikeouts. The...