Though there’s been some reported tension in the Baltimore front office, Orioles owner Peter Angelos was as direct as possible when asked by MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko whether each would return in 2016. “Absolutely, yes,” Angelos replied. The owner went on to say that he would “probably urge them to sign for additional years” once their current contracts, which run through 2018, expire.
Additionally, Angelos stated that his intention is to re-sign first baseman Chris Davis — the highest profile among the six free agents that the Orioles stand to lose. (The others are Wei-Yin Chen, Matt Wieters, Darren O’Day, Gerardo Parra and Steve Pearce.) With a .262/.361/.562 batting line, 47 homers and solid first base defense (to say nothing of the versatility to fill in at a corner outfield position or third base, if needed), Davis has positioned himself as the free-agent market’s premier power threat and will command a contract well in excess of $100MM.
That type of spending has previously been out of Angelos’ comfort zone, as the Orioles have typically operated with a mid-range payroll and have never spent more than $85.5MM on a single contract (Adam Jones holds their current record). Last night, Duquette voiced a similar hope of retaining Davis, though he cautiously noted that the Orioles would be able to sign a contract that has a “semblance of reason” to it.
Kubatko also notes that Duquette and Showalter hope to retain the entirety of the coaching staff for the 2016 campaign, but that’s far from certain at this juncture. Specifically, he writes that pitching coach Dave Wallace has received some interest from other clubs.
Out of place Met fan
This situation has the looks of one that will go horribly wrong.
Can the O’s receive draft pick compensation for O’Day? I can’t remember the rules on compensation when it comes to relievers.
I believe the rules are the same for all players. He would need to get a QO (about $16mill this year) and turn it down.
That’s correct. I’d be very surprised to see an offer for O’Day and would expect that he’d accept and have a $16MM-ish salary next year.
The O’s will make QOs on Davis and Chen, receiving comp picks if/when they leave. I think they’ll make one on Wieters, too, as I don’t see any way that Boras would make a prime-aged catcher with power the first to accept the QO, even in the wake of a poor season.
Has any Boras client accepted a QO? Actually off the top of my head as I sit here at work, I can’t think of one accepted QO.
Out of place Met fan
Not under the new model. Last I can remember was Maddox accepting arbitration under the previous method
@Out of place Met fan
Rafael Soriano is another example of a player accepting arbitration (with the Braves before being flipped to the Rays), which of course is under the old system.
As it stands right now, no player has accepted a QO.
I could see Wieters accepting a QO to get a shot at having a better contract year, but with Boras who knows.
The question is does Buck want to return, when he got a Young ,Talented Team Ready in Miami to take him to the World Series.
I think what he meant to say was, They will absolutely hate each other’s guts next year.