2017: 1.9 WAR, 32 Saves, 2.30 ERA, 58.2 IP, 12.1 K/9
Provided he is willing to cede the closer’s role, Wade Davis is the ideal choice. Davis’ reputation is that of a power house reliever since his time with Kansas City. His ability to pitch in the postseason (1.40 Postseason ERA) will make him a hot commodity this winter. He’s familiar with the American League and has World Series experience, making him a perfect fit to fill Boston’s need.
The former starter found his home in the bullpen later in his career, and his inning by inning splits show just that. In his career, Davis has pitched to a 1.99 ERA in the 7th-9th innings. However, this does not paint a full picture. The seventh inning has been unkind to Davis, as he has pitched to a 4.78 ERA in that frame. In 131 eighth innings pitched, however, Davis has accrued a 1.17 ERA, with a 3.45 Strikeout/Walk (SO/W) ratio. And as a closer, in 142.1 IP in the ninth, his ERA is 1.71, with a 3.41 SO/W ratio. That versatility is what separates Holland from Davis, making the latter more of a possibility for the Red Sox.
However, if Davis does want to continue to close, there are still options for Boston to explore.