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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ROCKIES NET WADE DAVIS FOR THE NINTH

After weeks of back-and-forth negotiations, the Colorado Rockies finally sealed the deal with free agent All-Star closer Wade Davis.  Both sides came to an agreement on a contract early Friday and so Davis will now replace Greg Holland as the closer for the Rockies during the 2018 season.  In terms of what this means for fantasy baseball, Davis will once again remain a top-tier closer who comes off another dominant campaign in 2017 when he registered a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and massive 12.12 K/9 for the Chicago Cubs.  Perhaps most importantly, Davis remained healthy and showed no signs of elbow trouble after some scares in 2015 and 2016.  While Davis is aging a bit at 32, he showed last season that his stuff is as overpowering as ever and he should be right there as a top-five closer in all fantasy baseball leagues when it comes to the draft.  In the meantime, Holland will now have to look elsewhere for another chance to close and going to the Cubs is on the table.  While Holland struggled at the end of last season likely as a result of fatigue after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John, he remains a very effective closer if he can find a ninth-inning gig somewhere.  Also while Colorado is scary, hard-throwing relievers like Davis usually do just fine there.


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