Wade Davis finally takes over as Royals’ closer

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Greg Holland has struggled to the tune of a 3.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings this season and he’s sidelined currently with tightness in his right elbow, so the Royals are finally turning their closer gig over to dominant setup man Wade Davis.

Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com on Tuesday that Davis will handle any save opportunities that arise for the remainder of the regular season and will remain in that role into the playoffs.

Davis, 30, owns a 0.88 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 70/19 K/BB ratio through 61 2/3 innings this season. And a 0.94 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 179 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2014.

This all sets up an interesting internal offseason debate for the Royals with salaries set to rise on both relievers heading into 2016. Holland is entering his final year of arbitration after pulling in $8.25 million in 2015 and Davis holds an $8 million club option.