Royals trade ace reliever Davis to Cubs

By Steve Sell
December 07, 2016

Piece-by-piece, the dismantling of the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Championship team is under way.

First the Royals let power-hitting Kendrys Morales walk to Toronto. Then pitcher Edinson Volquez, the Royals’ Opening Day starter in 2016, signed with Miami.

Now the pitcher who recorded the last out of the 2015 World Series has been traded.

Wade Davis, who for the last three years was as close to unhittable as any pitcher in the game, was traded today to the World Champion Chicago Cubs for promising outfielder Jorge Soler.

Davis was lost for a couple of stretches this past season due to forearm problems. He was supposed to make id="mce_marker"0 million in his walk year and probably would not have been re-signed due to his advancing age.

Soler is a 24-year-old outfielder-DH possibility. He has hit 27 home runs in 211 games over his three years with the Cubs. Most of all, the Royals will have club control of him for four more seasons at just id="mce_marker"7.6 million, which could be a steal. His most alarming problem is his prodigious strikeout numbers, but maybe with everyday play he’ll become more consistent.