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    Chris Davis re-signed to seven year, $161 contract

    The contract has no opt-out and full no-trade protection. Angelos had to make this move, or risk upsetting the fans if he didn't get another comparable player. I also think that we are not out completely on either Cespedes or Upton, but we also need to make a move with our starting pitching. I'm actually really glad that Davis will be back with us, and that Angelos didn't lose him like he lost Mussina.

    After much back and forth this Hot Stove season, it appears Chris Davis is headed back to the Baltimore Orioles. MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reported Saturday morning that both sides agreed to a seven-year deal. The Orioles have yet to confirm the deal, which is said to be pending medical review.


    According to Heyman, the deal will be for $161 million. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports, according to a source, that Davis will get a full no-trade clause as part of the deal with no opt-out clause. The $23 million average annual value is identical to Jason Heyward's deal with the Cubs. As for the breakdown, this one's heavily deferred ...


    Obviously, being able to push a significant chunk of this deal that far into the future without paying interest is a good thing for the Orioles.

    It had been reported for several weeks Davis had an offer worth just north of $150 million, and just this week ESPN reported his agent, Scott Boras, had begun to shop him around to teams as an everyday corner outfielder. No legitimate suitors were ever reported to emerge after that. Davis will now return to his role as first baseman and part time right fielder in Baltimore.

    The Orioles, meanwhile, briefly turned their attention to Yoenis Cespedes earlier this week, reportedly offering a five-year contract worth $90 million. They also touched base with Justin Upton earlier this offseason. The team was said to be growing impatient with Davis, so the interest in Cespedes appears to have been designed to apply some pressure.

    Davis, 29, hit 47 home runs last season with 117 RBI for the Orioles while hitting .262/.361/.562 with a .923 OPS. He leads in baseball in home runs (126) and strikeouts (580) over the last three years. Davis was the ninth overall free agent on our top-50 rankings this winter.

    The Orioles lost Wei-Yin Chen and Gerardo Parra to free agency earlier this offseason, though they were able to retain Davis and Darren O'Day. Baltimore has also acquired Mark Trumbo and Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim this winter.

    The O's went 81-81 and finished in third place in the AL East in 2015.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-...urn-to-orioles

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    That's a huge contract... 7 years 161 Million. But if he can stay being that .260/.360/.560 type guy then it would be worth it. The risk is that he was AWFUL in 2014... But hopefully that's just an aberration because he was back to the 5 WAR guy last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyubi256 View Post
    That's a huge contract... 7 years 161 Million. But if he can stay being that .260/.360/.560 type guy then it would be worth it. The risk is that he was AWFUL in 2014... But hopefully that's just an aberration because he was back to the 5 WAR guy last year.
    It certainly carries a lot of risk, but half of this contract has to do with on-field production, the other half is perception. Years ago, Angelos was too cheap and let Mike Mussina walk to the Yankees. Him being actively involved in the negotiations, even if we didn't re-sign Davis, means that he's learned from that and didn't just wait until the last minute to make an offer. Now, you can debate whether or not Davis is a star player, but to Orioles fans, he's pretty darn close, and Angelos ponied up the cash to keep him and that's all we can ask after some of the things he's done. He sent a very positive message to us, and to the other players on the roster, with this move.

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