The Baltimore Orioles have reportedly re-signed All-Star first baseman Chris Davis
The Baltimore Orioles have been trying to re-sign free agent first baseman Chris Davis all offseason. There had been quite a standoff between the two sides with Davis’s agent, Scott Boras, basically trying to get the Orioles to bid against themselves. The standoff is over, however, as the Orioles have reportedly re-signed the MLB home run leader in two of the past three seasons.
If there is no deferred money, it appears that Davis will be making an average of $23,000,000 per season during the seven-year deal. It’s a bold move by the Orioles, but it is one that should help them in the short-term. Davis has led the MLB in homers in two of the past three seasons (2013 and 2015). His 2014 season was a huge struggle, but it’s worth noting that Davis, who is suspected to have ADD or ADHD, did not have an exemption for Adderall during that season. He has since gotten an exemption for another medication.
Davis helps solve the Orioles first base situation long-term. It remains to be seen how well Davis will age and if he will wind up being another Ryan Howard. It also remains to be seen how this will affect their ability to sign Manny Machado.