Chris Davis and the Orioles have not made progress recently on a contract extension, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports. "Not that I know of and you guys are pretty good about finding things out," said Davis, when asked if there had been any new developments. "I'm sure if anything is said, we'll be talking about it, but those are for Scott (Boras) and Dan (Duquette). I have way too much to focus on here."
Davis is making $10.35MM in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He can become a free agent after 2015, when he should be able to land a big contract, given that he'll only be heading into his age-30 season. The first baseman hit .286/.370/.634 with 53 homers in 673 plate appearances with the Orioles in 2013. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who is also a Boras client, will also be eligible for free agency after 2015.
Is this news? He is the only player with 2 years of arbitration left that is not currently engaged in contract extension talk?
Makes sense though. The o’s should wait. For a few reason. 1 wait to make sure he did it clean. I think he was because of how vocal he has been about per users and he has been the same size his entire career. Also they should wait to make sure it was not a fluke.
He gets tested as often as everyone else. No reason to think he’s using something
PAY THIS MAN
cause wieters has made it apparent he’s probably not coming back
Since Boras is his agent, I figure it would take at least $150M for discussions.
I think that they need to see the development of Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman this season to determine if they should extend him. If they’re league-average or better in their big-league time this season, they should extend him. If not, then I think you need to trade him next offseason, at the 2015 trade deadline, or let him walk and recoup the pick whilst trying to reload for their next run. If they do develop, try signing him to a 7/220MM deal and build around him, Machado, Jones, Bundy, and Gausman for the next few years.
Davis doesn’t warrant 7/220 if Cano could only get 10/240? Davis plays the deepest position in baseball and he hit .245 with 16 home runs after the all star break last year. Assume he hits a reasonable .270-.280 with 30-40 home runs at a non-premium defensive position in 2014 and 2015. If someone else offers him an albatross deal like 7/220 that let him walk. Somewhere in the 20-25 per is much more reasonable for his age, position and performance.
Fair enough, I suppose I have a more optimistic projection for Davis than you. If you project him as a 5 Win player instead of a 6, you come out with a 8/164 deal. Is that more palatable for you?