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Over the last three seasons, Wade Davis owns the lowest ERA and opponent OPS among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched during that span.

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Wade Davis is 4-0 with four saves and a 0.84 ERA in 32 1/3 career postseason innings. He was on the mound for the final out of the 2015 World Series against the Mets.

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Wade Davis (traded from the Royals to the Cubs) owns the lowest ERA in MLB history as a reliever (1.51) among all pitchers with at least 250 career innings in relief. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to have multiple seasons with at least 50 IP and an ERA of 1.00 or lower (2014 and 2015).

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have a new closer in Wade Davis as they traded Jorge Soler to the Royals on Wednesday. The move means Hector Rondon will continue to set up along with Carl Edwards Jr. who emerged late last season. Soler is better suited in the AL where he can DH giving him a better chance to stay healthy while limiting his time on defense. Davis played for Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay.

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Will Jeffery be a coveted free agent?

A four-game suspension could dissuade the Bears from franchising Alshon Jeffery for a second straight year. One of our Insiders expects a team to jump at him if he becomes a free agent in 2017. Insider roundtable

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce they have sent Paul Zipser and R.J. Hunter to the D-League.

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Ever complain that a certain player pads his stats in garbage time? For the MLB winter meetings, a team of computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University studied how major leaguers performed in "Meaningless Game Situations" in 2016. The MVP of MGS? Cubs slugger (and NL MVP) Kris Bryant, who hit .500 in 52 at-bats -- with six home runs and 21 RBIs -- in MGS with his team ahead. Intrigued? Methodology and more details can be found on the school's web site (http://bit.ly/2gbiAl1).

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes missed out on making the Hall of Fame as Bill King, formerly of the A's, was named the Ford C. Frick winner for broadcasting excellence.

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

White Sox skipper Rick Renteria shares his scouting report on the top prospects Chicago received from Boston in the Chris Sale deal, calling Yoan Moncada "a very talented human being" who reminds him of Robinson Cano.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

If Jorge Soler indeed lands in Kansas City in the Wade Davis deal, the best case I can make for Soler in fantasy is the substantially larger role (which, obviously, does matter a good bit). But it's a significant park downgrade for power, so there's a good chance the result is he'll be overvalued. It'd be tough for me to take him over even, say, Yasmany Tomas, my OF56.

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Why did Matt Rhule take the Baylor job?

Matt Rhule faced the question every successful Group of 5 coach has to answer: If a Power 5 opportunity occurs, should you always jump at it? That debate, plus coaching carousel news and notes.

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Wade Davis as good as it gets at closer

Over the last three seasons, Davis has become one of the elite closers in the major leagues. The Cubs are nearing a deal to acquire the right-hander from the Royals, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney.

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