Davis signs, presser tonight
BALTIMORE— The Orioles officially announced the signing of Chris Davis to a seven-year, club record $161 million contract on Thursday, with plans for an official press conference slated at 7 p.m. ET. The presser will be available live on Orioles.com as well as on MASN and 105.7 The Fan.
Davis, who flew into Baltimore earlier this week, agreed to terms over the weekend and spent the better portion of the past two days going through a physical.
The addition of Davis gives the Orioles a powerful, left-handed middle-of-the-lineup bat they need along with solid first base defense and an excellent clubhouse presence. The outgoing Davis was well-liked —with several teammates voicing the need to keep him at the end of last season— and joins Matt Wieters and Darren O’Day as free agents to stay in Baltimore.
Davis, 29, was named the Most Valuable Oriole last season after hitting a League-leading 47 home runs. He is the only player in Orioles history to have more than one 40-plus home run season.
With the Baltimore/DC area projected to be hit hard by Winter Storm Jonas starting on Friday, the Orioles were able to unveil Davis before the weather became an issue.