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Sam Mellinger

Why Wade Davis had to be traded, and Dayton Moore’s new difficult balance with Royals

The Kansas City Royals didn’t part with closer Wade Davis on a whim. General manager Dayton Moore made a calculated decision that moving one of the club’s World Series heroes to the Chicago Cubs in a trade for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was simply the best play for the team given the hand he was dealt by owner David Glass.

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Royals trade closer Wade Davis to Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler

In a trade that served as a pre-emptive strike against a coming free-agent exodus — in addition to a cost-cutting measure for a team looking for payroll relief — the Kansas City Royals parted ways with one of their best relievers in franchise history, Wade Davis, in exchange for Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler.

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As the Winter Meetings begin, the Royals will be patient — and listen

The Royals’ offseason has been defined by the usual secrecy and general inertia. For the moment, it might not change, either. The waiting will continue as the organization’s brain trust prepares for its annual trip to baseball’s Winter Meetings, which begin on Sunday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

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Royals GM Dayton Moore discusses Wade Davis trade

The Royals acquired outfielder Jorge Soler from the Cubs in exchange for closer Wade Davis. Royals GM Dayton Moore and Cubs GM Jed Hoyer addressed the deal on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.
Rustin Dodd The Kansas City Star
Royals GM Dayton Moore discusses Wade Davis trade 1:22

Royals GM Dayton Moore discusses Wade Davis trade

KC Royals offseason Q&A from MLB's winter meetings 26:01

KC Royals offseason Q&A from MLB's winter meetings

Royals' Ian Kennedy serves food at City Union Mission and talks baseball 2:55

Royals' Ian Kennedy serves food at City Union Mission and talks baseball

Greg Holland works out for MLB teams in Arizona 0:26

Greg Holland works out for MLB teams in Arizona