Duquette: keeping Davis a priority
BALTIMORE— The Orioles, who have six pending free agents, are prioritizing Chris Davis.
“I can tell you this, we do want to sign some of our key players for the future,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said at Saturday’s season ticket holders’ event, “and Chris Davis is one of them.”
Davis is on a tear at the plate, hitting his 32nd homer of the season in Friday’s 13-inning win. The slugger has homered seven times this month and entered Saturday with a League-leading 85 RBIs.
Davis, who is represented by Scott Boras, is not the only big-name free agent in Baltimore. Matt Wieters, Gerardo Parra, Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O’Day and Steve Pearce.
“We are going to sign some of them,” Duquette said of the free agents. “And some of them we are not going to sign.”
Duquette also cited the organization’s farm system as something that keeps him hopeful the team can continue to be competitive every year. The yearly Q&A session also saw him reiterate that the O’s were not comfortable offering Nelson Cruz —who signed with Seattle—a four-year deal this winter.