MLB: Davis calls time after second Royals spell
Reliever Wade Davis, who was a three-time All-Star selection, is retiring the Kansas City Royals have announced, having recorded 141 saves in 13 Major League seasons.
The Royals are 66/1 to win the 2022 World Series, with the 36-year-old Davis having led the National League with 43 saves in 2018.
Davis a World Series winner
He won the World Series with Kansas City in 2015 with a game-ending strikeout against the New York Mets.
Davis arrived at Kansas City when he was acquired from Tampa Bay in December 2012 and he spent four years with the Royals before being traded to the Chicago Cubs after the 2016 season.
He spent one season in Chicago before signing a three-year deal with the Colorado Rockies and returned to the Royals for last season, going 0-3 with two saves in 40 appearances.
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Davis was 63-55 with a 3.94 ERA and 141 saves in 161 chances over 88 starts and 469 relief appearances for Tampa Bay and his other clubs.
He was an All-Star selection from 2015-17. The right-hander was 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and eight saves in the post-season, including 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA for the Royals in 2014 and 2015.
Moore hails Davis success
Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore said in a statement on the club's official website: "Wade will forever be remembered by our fans, his teammates and our organisation as an elite competitor and a very classy person.
"Without him and his contributions to our pitching staff, I think it's safe to say we wouldn't have won a world championship.
"The pitcher who threw the final pitch of the 2015 World Series, he's just an unbelievable competitor and great person."