It’s hard to replace a guy like Aroldis Chapman. Few pitchers have the arm strength, overwhelming delivery, spot-on accuracy and imposing stature to match the former Cubs’ closer. With the addition of Wade Davis the Cubs have added a reliever that might just come close. Bruce Levine, of CBS Chicago, gives us some great perspective on what Wade Davis has already accomplished and how he’ll fit into the mix come next spring.
Davis has been arguably the best reliever in baseball over the past three years, a stretch over which he’s compiled a 1.18 ERA and allowed just three homers. For his career, Davis sports a 0.84 ERA in 32 1/3 postseason innings.
With Davis ready to close in 2017, the Cubs can bring 25-year-old reliever C.J. Edwards along under less scrutiny, keeping the training wheels on for one more year before anointing him closer.
The Cubs are now really deep with talented right-handers in their bullpen. In addition to Davis and Edwards, they have reliable veterans in Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm.
Adding Wade Davis to the Cubs’ bullpen for one-year makes a lot more sense than paying $86M to Aroldis Chapman or $80M to Kenley Jansen. He’s a two-time All-Star that is already seasoned for the postseason. It works on so many levels.