Chicago Cubs have choices to make regarding the future of the ninth inning

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Final verdict

Wade Davis is going to be among the top priorities for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. He did everything you could want and was Joe Maddon’s most most-trusted reliever.

A few months ago I made the case for the Cubs’ relief being set with Davis and Carl Edwards Jr. Edwards might one day be the Cubs closer but he needs more time. He just completed his first full season as he struggled to find consistency in 2017.

Greg Holland and Brandon Kintzler are capable backup options, but if you’re Theo Epstein, the priority is to re-sign the reliever who did so well for you.

This is probably the simplest, and most predictable move the Chicago Cubs make heading into 2018.