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.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.