Crush is staying in Baltimore. According to MLB Network, Chris Davis agreed to a seven year, $161 million deal that will keep in an Orioles uniform.
With Davis agent Scott Boras’ notorious reputation for holding out until late in the offseason, the Orioles appeared to be bracing to wait until March to hear if the slugger would be back in the clubhouse. But perhaps that little Friday flirtation with Yoenis Cespedes was all the motivation required to get out the pen.
There have been a few bigger contracts in baseball over the years, but the amount of money is obviously huge for these parts. For the Orioles, it’s the biggest contract in team history. Reports all offseason have indicated that owner Peter Angelos dug deeper into his pockets to make the offer. And the final number ended up $11 million higher than the team’s initial offer to Davis. He also gets free crab cakes for life if Jimmy’s stands by their deal.
The first baseman is coming off a huge year in which he hit the most home runs of major league player with 47. He surged at the end of the year, and proved to keep the Orioles in many August and September games while the rest of the team struggled. A few of those homers even ended up winning the game in the 9th inning.
The year after losing Nick Markakis, it also has to feel good for the O’s to bring back a player that is not only a fan favorite, but also a core member of the team. So, to review, the Orioles will have Darren O’Day, Matt Wieters and Davis back in Camden Yards despite talk that they would all leave. Word from the front office indicates that they still may be in the market for pitchers.