OFFICIAL: The Kansas City Royals have agreed to trade closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Jorge Soler. The deal is now official, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, it appears that Davis to the Cubs is close and that Jorge Soler would be a piece going back to the Royals. Soler, 24, struggled last year hitting just .238/.333/.436. He also battles injuries but is still considered a good potential outfielder. Unfortunately for him, he was stuck behind an array of Cubs outfielders.
With Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson potentially on the move, a spot clearly opens up for Soler to play an everyday role in KC. While there are the pieces maybe in place, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting though that while the deal is "seriously down the road" it's not expected to be completed tonight.
ORIGINAL: With the price for closers exceptionally high this off-season, the Chicago Cubs are closing in on adding a closer in a different way. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Cubs are closing in on acquiring the Kansas City Royals lights out reliever Wade Davis. The Royals just picked up Davis's option in October, but seem to be content with moving on from the dominant closer considering the return they could probably get from him.
At this point, a deal is not done yet between the two teams but both Olney and Jeff Passan said that it was close, and the Cubs had rumored to be in on Davis for the last few days, and seem to be a sensible landing spot for him. They need a closer with Aroldis Chapman leaving for free agency, and certainly have the prospects to land a player like Davis.
Last season was a "down" year for Davis, as he posted a 1.87 ERA with 27 saves. Over the past three seasons, the 31-year-old righty is a combined 19-4 with a 1.18 ERA and 47 saves, while only allowing three home runs.