On Baseball: Cubs Parlay Their Depth Into a Closer, Wade Davis


Royals pitcher Wade Davis during a game against the Twins in May. Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs in a deal for outfielder Jorge Soler.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — No pitcher in baseball history has gotten the final out of the World Series for two different teams. Wade Davis closed out the 2015 championship for the Kansas City Royals. In the master plan of the Chicago Cubs, he will soon do the same for them.

“We expect to play for a long time again this year, and we want to plan accordingly,” Jed Hoyer, the Cubs’ general manager, said after acquiring Davis in a trade with the Royals at the winter meetings on Wednesday. “We’ve got a tough road ahead, like everyone does, but we do have to plan for playing in the seventh month.”

The seventh month, often so cruel to the Cubs, was glorious in 2016. Even when their closer, Aroldis Chapman, blew a save opportunity in Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland, the Cubs fought back to win in 10 innings. After going 108 years between championships, they want to stay on top for a while.

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