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Rays sign Davis to seven-year, $35.1 million deal

Posted Mar 31, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Wade Davis is 14-12 in his 35 major league starts

The Rays signed pitcher Wade Davis to a contact extension today.

The right-hander, who begins this season as the No. 3 pitcher in the rotation, signed a seven-year deal worth approximately $35.1 million, with $12.6 million guaranteed.

The first four years are guaranteed. The Rays hold club options for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. The contract covers Davis’ arbitration years and first two years of free agency.

“Wade is the type of player and person we want to build around,” Rays executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman said. “His work ethic and makeup are extraordinary and he has demonstrated great poise as one of the top rookies in the American League last season. We are excited by the opportunity to watch him continue to grow as an important part of our starting rotation.”

Davis is just the latest of young players the Rays have locked up with multi-year contracts, joining Carl Crawford, James Shields, Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist.

Davis has a 14-12 record with a .401 ERA in 35 major league starts.

In 2010, his first full year in the big leagues, Davis was 12-10 with a 4.07 ERA in 29 starts, not bad considering he was 0-6 in June.

His 12 wins were tops among all American League rookies. His ERA was tied with Seattle’s Davis Pauley for best among AL rookies.

Davis was named the AL rookie of the month in July after going 4-0 in five starts. He was the first Rays pitcher to win that award.

He missed three starts in August because of a strained right shoulder. It came in the middle of a stretch where he won seven straight decisions, tying a team record shared by Mark Hendrickson and Jeff Niemann.


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