According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Twitter, the Cubs and Royals are in agreement on a deal that will send Wade Davis to Chicago and OF Jorge Soler to Kansas City. The deal is pending physicals and will be announced in the morning.
Soler, 25 on Opening Day, has hit to a .258/.328/.434 clip in three seasons for the Cubs. Davis, 31, saved 27 games last year for the Royals, finishing the season with a 1.87 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 43.1 innings.
The New York Mets reportedly checked in on Davis, but found the asking price too steep. Reportedly, they were asked to part with No. 1 Ranked Mets Prospect Amed Rosario, who three team sources called “untouchable,” according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.
Original post: Dec 6
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has tweeted that the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals deal that would bring Wade Davis‘ services to the Windy City has hit a snag, and Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that it’s because the Nationals have made a late push for the reliever.
Davis, 31, has been one of the baseball’s premier relievers over the last two seasons, appearing in back-to-back all-star games and was awarded the Babe Ruth Award in 2015 for the Most Valuable Player in the World Series.
Davis pitched to a 2-1 record, with a 1.87 ERA and 27 saves in 45 games in 2016, but was even more dominant the year prior, going 8-1 with a 0.94 ERA and 17 saves in 69 games.
There’s no word yet on what the Nationals are offering up for Davis, but the Royals were said to be interested in OF Jorge Soler when talking with the Cubs.
We will be updating this post as more information pours in.