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“He’s pretty stubborn, man, which I like,” Shields said. “It’s a good trait in a pitcher.”

So is an overpowering fastball, which is something that Davis brings to the table.

The right-hander started 64 games for Tampa Bay from 2009-11, but he was sent to the bullpen last season when the Rays had an abundance of starters. Davis flourished as a reliever, going 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA, in part because he said he rediscovered his fastball.

“It’s awesome to get the opportunity. Last year was a good learning experience for me,” Davis said. “It’s just a little overwhelming the past couple days, but sitting back and thinking about it, it’s a really exciting thing for me to be part of.”

Davis will make $2.8 million this season and $4.8 million in 2014, with the Royals holding three options, which means he could be in their rotation for the foreseeable future.

“It’s important that we begin trying to win every single year, so all our places feed off one another’s successes,” Moore said. “Everybody’s success is tied together, and now we believe _ and I made the decision _ it’s time to move forward with this group.”