For more than two months, Baltimore has been obsessed with Chris Davis, and that obsession will likely carry through Saturday’s FanFest.
Davis won’t be walking through that door, but unless there’s a resolution today on his destination for 2016 and beyond, he’ll be what questioners are asking Dan Duquette about what he and Buck Showalter address season ticket holders.
The Orioles want Davis back, and they’ve shown that.
A number of Orioles fans think the team should take the $150 million and allocate it to a pitcher and some outfielders instead of Davis. It may be easier to take that money and spend it on Davis, and spend whatever is left over on other things they need.
While Davis isn’t walking through that door, Darren O’Day could be. It’s possible the Orioles will wait until Saturday before making his contract official, and if he doesn’t have any previous plans for the day, the Orioles will be happy to find a place in their autograph session for him.
The same holds true for Manny Machado, who has a personal conflict. The team was working to get Machado to Baltimore on Saturday, too.
Ubaldo Jimenez, who is getting married on Saturday, won’t be there, and neither will Mark Trumbo, who told the Orioles after his trade last week that he had a prior personal commitment.
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Most of the other Orioles will be there. L.J. Hoes, who appeared at Thursday’s annual holiday party for children, isn’t on the list of attendees, but Hoes was reacquired late last month, long after the date was set. Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is also not on the list.
Left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser, who came along with Trumbo from Seattle, was a late add, but don’t wait for Edgar Olmos, who was picked up from the Cubs on waivers Thursday.
Since the end of the season, the Orioles have added 11 players to their 40-man roster.
Four of them, Olmos, Riefenhauser, Chris Jones and Christopher Lee, are left-handed pitchers.
The others are Hoes, Trumbo, right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell, Andrew Triggs and Vance Worley, catcher Francisco Pena, and outfielder Joey Rickard, who was the team’s pick in the Rule 5 draft.
Once O’Day’s signing becomes official, the Orioles will have to remove someone from the roster.
Rickard was the first outfielder selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 since they took Jose Bautista in 2003.
The Orioles have made a selection in the draft for 10 consecutive years, the longest stretch in major league baseball.
NOTE: I’ll be appearing at FanFest as part of the Orioles’ media panel at 4:45 p.m. Others on the panel are Eduardo Encina, Brett Hollander, Roch Kubatko, Rob Long and Mark Viviano.
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