According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Kansas City Royals have been receiving calls on right-handed set-up man Wade Davis and right-handed closer Greg Holland. Rosenthal notes that they could very well exchange one of them for a bat.
Royals setup man Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland also are attracting trade interest, and it’s possible one of them could be traded for a hitter.
Wade Davis, a 29-year-old native of Lake Wales, Fla., participated in his first full season as a reliever during the 2014 campaign. Before the 2014 campaign, Davis had pitched as mostly a starter. In his career as a starter, he has recorded a 4.57 ERA in 513.2 innings pitched, as well as a 361-to-192 K-to-BB ratio. In his career as a reliever, Davis has been extremely better. In 152.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen in his career, Davis has recorded a 1.65 ERA, as well as a 203-to-56 K-to-BB ratio.
During the 2014 season, Davis had a 9-2 record, along with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.19 FIP. Also, he accumulated a 13.63 K/9 over 72 innings of work out of the bullpen, as well as three saves to his record. Davis also finished eighth in Cy Young award voting, making him very valuable apart from the $7 million he is due for the 2015 season, along with two team options for 2016 and 2017.
Greg Holland, a 29-year-old native from Marion, N.C., emerged as one of the league’s top closers over the past two seasons. Over the last two seasons, Holland has recorded a 1.32 ERA, along with 193 strikeouts over 129.1 innings pitched. He has also recorded 93 saves in that span. This offseason, Holland is expected to get an arbitration settlement for the 2015 campaign that is close to $9.3 million.
In exchange for one of these two outstanding relievers, the Royals could land a bat. They are in dire need of a bat, especially for their outfield, with the loss of Billy Butler to the Oakland Athletics.