Wade Davis has been at the forefront of trade talks for most of the year, but it now seems very likely that he could be dealt by the Kansas City Royals this week, as clubs such as the Chicago Cubs have inquired about the right-handed closer, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Morosi only reports that the Cubs were the notable team out of the bunch, but other teams involved could include the Washington Nationals, who lost Mark Melancon to the Giants earlier today and inquired about Davis at the trade deadline, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who could lose Kenley Jansen.
Davis has quite an incredible story, as the 31-year-old closer was once a troubled starter for the Tampa Bay Rays. He became a reliever in Tampa Bay before Davis was sent to Kansas City, along with James Shields, prior to the 2013 season, where he spent a majority of the season in the rotation. However, Davis was once again converted to a reliever in 2014, where he has thrived in the back end of the Royals' bullpen, pitching to a 19-4 record with a 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances. This includes 47 saves, as well as a healthy 11.5 K/9 rate (234 strikeouts in 182 and 2/3 innings).
If a deal between the Royals and Cubs were to happen, it would reunite Davis with ex-Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon. However, one issues revolves around the forearm of Davis, which was subject to injuries during the 2016 season, which is a red flag for some teams.