The Chicago Cubs didn’t waste much time replacing Aroldis Chapman in their bullpen. They shipped outfielder Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for stud reliever Wade Davis.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2016
Davis has been one of the most dominant bullpen arms in baseball the past few years. He won’t throw 102-mph fastballs like Chapman, but that doesn’t matter if he’s maintaining a 1.18 ERA like he has the past three years.
It’s a fantastic move for a Cubs team that didn’t really have a fit for Soler on their roster. Kyle Schwarber will return the outfield full time in 2017, which means more time for Javier Baez at second base, which means more time for Ben Zobrist in the outfield. Swapping their talented 24-year-old outfielder for a proven 31-year-old reliever makes a ton of sense.
As long as he can stay healthy — something he’s had issues with since joining the Cubs — Soler should be a solid offensive addition for a Royals team in need of a power bat.