The latest on Davis
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Orioles aren’t going to wait around much longer to see if Chris Davis accepts their contract offer.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette reiterated on MLB Network on Wednesday that the O’s are looking at contingency plans and the ball is in Davis’ court as the Orioles try to add a left-handed hitter. Baltimore has made what it feels is a significant offer, reportedly in the $150 million range according to multiple reports, and there’s little to suggest the team will go any further in its attempt to re-sign Davis.
Asked about the team’s chances to acquire Davis, an organizational source told MLB.com: “You’d have to ask Scott [Boras].”
Duquette said Tuesday night that the club has been “aggressive” in its pursuit of adding a left-handed bat and reiterated on Wednesday that there are “other options in place” as the O’s look to contingency plans for Davis. Baltimore met with Davis’ agent, Boras on Tuesday —mostly to talk about the slugger— and the club is now in waiting mode to see if his camp will come down.
“Chris knows how we feel about him. We tell him we love him every day,” Duquette said on MLB Network. “ Whether we can come up with the type of deal [Davis’] agent is demanding, that’s another story.”
Baltimore has been linked to Alex Gordon, Denard Span and Justin Upton among other to fill their outfield void. Duquette said on Tuesday that —if the O’s fill that need— it might change their stance on Davis.
Baltimore, which has a projected payroll of more than $100 million already, is also actively trying to acquire a starting pitcher this week while at the Winter Meetings.