Royals closer Wade Davis is garnering trade interest once again. According to Today's Knuckleball Jon Heyman, the Kansas City Royals have been receiving calls regarding the availability for the right-handed reliever.
Before the Royals can listen to offers though, they need to exercise his 2017 option for $10 million, but most likely won't do it until after the World Series. While the team has been built around defense and a strong bullpen, they are looking to cut down on their $144 million payroll.
Davis was a potential trade candidate at the deadline, however, he was placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain. Although he is under team control for one more season, it makes sense for the Royals to field trade offers now since his value is higher than free agents Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon.
It's unknown which teams have called the Royals so far, but the expectations are that the Giants will look for top-tier relievers this winter. Another team to keep an eye on is the Dodgers because of the history between team president Andrew Friedman and Wade Davis and the team's need for bullpen help.
Davis posted a 1.87 ERA this season, but his strikeout rate was the lowest (9.8) and his walk rate (3.5) was the highest in his last three seasons as an elite reliever. While Davis has put up some great numbers since converting to a reliever, his health remains an issue in regards to his forearm troubles so it'll be interesting to see the talent teams are willing to give up for him as Dayton Moore tries to bring down the team's payroll.