Royals announce retirement of All Star reliever Wade Davis


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Royals announce retirement of All Star reliever Wade Davis

Reliever Wade Davis, a three-time All-Star selection and 141 saves in 13 major league seasons, is retiring, the Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday.

Davis, 36, who led the National League with 43 saves in 2018, secured the World Series title for the Royals in 2015 with a game-ending strikeout against the New York Mets.

Davis returned to the Royals in 2021, going 0-3 with two saves in 40 appearances.

“Wade will always be remembered by our fans, his teammates and our organization as an elite competitor and a very stylish person,” Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore said in a statement.

The Royals acquired Davis from Tampa Bay in December 2012, made him a full-time reliever in 2013 (he had 47 saves in four seasons with Kansas City), and then traded him to the Chicago Cubs after the 2016 season.

He spent one season in Chicago, completing a four-year, $ 12.6 million contract with three options that ended for a total of $ 35.1 million in salary. He then signed a three-year, $ 52 million contract with the Colorado Rockies.

Davis was 63-55 with a 3.94 ERA and 141 saves in 161 chances in 88 starts and 469 relief appearances for Tampa Bay (2009-12), Kansas City (2013-16, 2021), the Cubs (2017) and Colorado (2018-20). He was an All-Star from 2015-17.

The right-hander was 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and eight postseason saves, including 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA and four saves for the Royals in 2014 and 2015.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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