Cubs Swap Jorge Soler for Wade Davis

Finally, the Cubs and Royals have made the Jorge Soler and Wade Davis deal official. The Royals get a high ceiling outfielder that hasn’t quite put it together with the Cubs. The Cubs replace Aroldis Chapman with another elite closer in Davis.

What’s most interesting is watching both fan bases interact when the deal was coming together last night. Cubs fans claiming the team is giving up a superstar for some reliever. While the Royals aren’t getting enough for an elite closer.

Jorge Soler is a very interesting prospect. Scouts have him profiled with 70-grade power. However, he has yet to play an entire year at any level without going to disabled list for an extended period of time. Another truth that some Cub fans were apparently ignoring was there was no room for Soler on the Cubs roster. Even after the Kyle Schwarber injury, Soler struggled to get into the lineup consistently. Joe Maddon instead preferring to trot Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Chris Coghlan, or even Matt Szczur out there over Soler. His defense was a large reason for that but outside of the 2015 playoffs, Soler struggled for long stretches at the plate as well.

That’s not to say he won’t become a star with the Royals with consistent playing time likely at DH. However, Soler’s value was slipping by the minute and the Cubs got some great value in Wade Davis especially considering what closers and relief pitchers are going for these days.

I got a chuckle when everyone jumped on Wade Davis was on DL last year especially considering Soler’s constant need for soft tissue maintenance and how bad Hector Rondon looked after his injury. The fact remains that Wade Davis is an elite level closer. Davis was the Andrew Miller of the 2015 playoffs winning the World Series for the Royals largely because of his contributions out of the bullpen.

Since 2014, he compares pretty favorably to Chapman without the domestic violence and the $100 million price tag.

Name ERA IP TBF H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP BABIP FIP
Wade Davis 1.18 182.2 706 104 25 24 3 59 234 0.162 0.89 0.250 1.86
Aroldis Chapman 1.72 178.1 702 96 37 34 6 75 312 0.155 0.96 0.298 1.46

All it cost was a player who wasn’t going to play. If Soler goes to KC and turns out to be a star, good on him. The Cubs are in dynasty mode and in dynasty mode you deal a surplus for a weakness. Without the DH, there aren’t enough at-bats for Soler to thrive and keeping him just to avoid him becoming a star somewhere else makes zero sense.

The Cubs have too many bats and not enough elite pitchers in the bullpen. KC is in a mini-rebuild having to trade away impending free agents. You don’t have to rip another team off (See Addison Russell trade) for it to be a good trade. Both teams win but mostly In Theo We Trust.


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Steve Kottra

Lead Writer and Editor-in-Chief of Warning Track Power. My all-time favorite player and goto whiffleball batting stance is Ken Griffey Jr. I was doing Geometry homework when Kerry Wood struck out 20.

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