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Former Cubs Closer Wade Davis Retires

Former Cubs’ closer Wade Davis has announced his retirement. Davis spent one season in Chicago, recording 32 saves in 2017.

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Former Chicago Cubs reliever Wade Davis has announced his retirement.

The dominant closer for the Cubs in 2017 announced the end of his playing career via the Royals on Wednesday. He helped Kansas City win the World Series in 2015. Davis was traded to the Cubs for Jorge Soler the offseason following the Cubs’ World Series victory in 2016.

Davis was as elite as any closer in baseball from 2015-2017, compiling a 1.18 ERA over 185 appearances. Many Cubs fans look back on that trade today and believe the Cubs should have kept Soler due to his playoff performance with the Braves this year, but Davis played a big role in the Cubs going to their third consecutive NLCS in 2017.

Davis earned All-Star honors for the Cubs in 2017, finishing the season with a 2.30 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched. He had three huge saves for the Cubs in the NLDS against the Nationals, including a series-clinching Game 5 in Washington, where he struck out Bryce Harper to clinch the series. Davis was an absolute workhorse for the Cubs compiling 32 saves in 2017, which at the time was a career-high. He later broke that record with the Rockies in 2018.

Davis will go down as one of the more dominant closers in Cubs history. It’s unfortunate the Cubs were unable to keep him around for more than one year.

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