After a sudden surge in rumors surrounding his future in Kansas City, closer Wade Davis has been dealt to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler, giving the World Series champions their replacement for departing closer Aroldis Chapman.

Parameters behind the deal

Davis was under contract with the Royals for one more season at $10 million, and bringing him back after the 2017 season would've been more challenging under the new collective bargaining agreement. Davis emerged as one of the best closers in baseball and has the lowest ERA in baseball history among relief pitchers with at least 250 innings.

He recorded the final out in Kansas City's World Series championship in 2015.

In Soler, Chicago is giving up a 24-year-old outfielder who is now under Kansas City control for four seasons. The prospect never quite lived up to his billing when he was signed from Cuba, but he still has a great skillset and hidden power in his bat. The prohibitive payroll situation for small market Kansas City makes Soler's contract easier to stomach than that of Davis, even though Soler will likely enter arbitration next year.

Analysis for each team

The deal is a massive victory for the Chicago Cubs. With Kyle Schwarber returning from injury, the Cubs had an extremely crowded outfield, which would only serve to inhibit Soler's long-term development, especially with Schwarber's age and Jason Heyward's long-term contract.

Now, Chicago has the excellent closer they desire and can keep Hector Rondon and Carl Edwards Jr. in setup roles.

For Kansas City, it's harder to gauge whether or not the trade is a good one. The Royals are slipping back into an old habit common among small market teams, which is to keep acquiring cheaper assets until they become too expensive, keeping contention windows small.

Davis was a favorite son of Kansas City, and he'll be missed (though the bullpen should still be solid). Soler will fit in just fine in right field, but it may not be long before the Royals decide to deal him as well.

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