(CBS) Your theory might be as good as Cubs ubiquitous manager Jed Hoyer’s as to who a team’s closer will be in 2018.
“That’s a contention that’s ongoing,” Hoyer pronounced when asked who a front-runner is on a Spiegel and Parkins Show on Thursday.
The Cubs recently offering obligatory closer and free-agent Wade Davis a subordinate offer, that is a one-year agreement for $17.4 million. Davis is expected to spin it down and has until after subsequent week to make his decision. The Cubs will sign his seductiveness in giveaway agency. What Hoyer doesn’t know is how critical those discussions will get.
“Wade did a unusual pursuit for us final year,” Hoyer pronounced of Davis, who had a 2.30 ERA and 32 saves. “I consider everybody desired carrying him, and he’s a stone of a person. we consider that’s one of a good things about him. We didn’t know going in, though we’d listened that. He was a unequivocally comforting force not usually on a pile though in a bullpen. He’s a man that certainly, we’ll be in hit with. He’s a giveaway agent. He’s warranted that right. He’s going to have a lot of suitors.”
For some time, a propagandize of suspicion had been that 26-year-old righty reliever Carl Edwards Jr. would be Davis’ heir, though Edwards struggled with his authority too many for a Cubs’ fondness in 2017, many particularly in a postseason. He walked 5.2 batters per 9 innings in 66 1/3 innings in a unchanging season, bringing his destiny as a closer into question, during slightest for a time being.
Of course, a whole bullpen is a concentration for a Cubs.
“We’re going to be actively perplexing to urge a bullpen in many ways,” Hoyer said. “I consider we’ll know who a closer is on whatever Opening Day (2018) is. That’s a key.”