Davis Could Have Been A Deadline Trade Asset
The idea that this was one final run with the core of the franchise seemed to run counter to trading Davis for Soler. It’s possible the Kansas City Royals could have held Davis into the season, and if the team fell out of contention, sold him for a king’s ransom at the deadline.
That could have netted the Royals some major prospects for the coming years.
Or given how the Kansas City Royals performed through the end of July, maybe they would have held on to Davis. He would have helped them in several tight spots through August and September. Having Davis would likely add a few wins to the 73 they have managed without him.
It might be a stretch to say keeping Davis would have the Kansas City Royals in a playoff position at the moment. However, it’s not a stretch to say he would have the team right on the cusp of another postseason berth.
Davis is one of the top closers in the game. The trade that brought him from Tampa Bay to Kansas City should forever be known as the Wade Davis trade. He threw the final pitch in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, and his legend will live on in Royals lore. It’s just a shame his tenure in Kansas City ended one season too early.