Here’s a no-brainer: The Royals exercised Wade Davis’ $7 million option for 2015.
Davis was one of the biggest reasons the Royals went as far as they did this season, posting a 1.00 ERA and 109/23 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. Combined with Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, he helped form part of the best bullpen in baseball.
Of course there’s no guarantee when or where he’ll pitch in 2015, as the Royals’ surplus of relievers could make for many attractive trade options if Dayton Moore sees fit to pursue them. He basically has three closers now. If he flipped one of them for some offensive help Davis could be dealt or could become the team’s closer.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.
The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.
Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.
Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.
The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.