One of the best things about the Orioles being in the postseason conversation is that there’s less chatter about free agency.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe surveyed people in the game, and one of their suggestions to improve the Red Sox is to add Chris Davis.
Cafardo’s experts envision a batting order that includes David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Davis as its heart.
Orioles fans would be repulsed.
Davis is in the midst of a wonderful stretch, and his 28 home runs and 79 RBIs would be difficult, if not impossible for the Orioles to replace.
But, the Red Sox?
It was bad enough that the Orioles lost Nick Markakis, but he went off to the Atlanta Braves, who may not play in Baltimore again during the lifetime of his four-year contract. Markakis had five hits during three games here late last month.
Sure, Andrew Miller signed with the Yankees, but as good as he was, he was only with the Orioles for less than three months, and he doesn’t pitch in every game.
Watching Davis play for the Red Sox 19 times a season would be hard, very hard for Baltimoreans to watch.
Realistically, it’s difficult to imagine the Orioles paying Davis $100 million or more for five years, which seems to be what he might draw on the market. The Red Sox aren’t likely to blanch at those numbers.
Two years ago, Davis said that he was eager to negotiate a long-term extension with the Orioles, but that went nowhere. Then came the 2014 nightmare with an oblique injury, a 25-game suspension for using Adderall without a prescription and a .196 average.
Through it all, hardly a negative word was heard from Orioles fans.
Davis wouldn’t have it so easy in Boston.
Uber-agent Scott Boras who represents Davis and another likely free agent winner, Matt Wieters, doesn’t do hometown discounts.
When you think about Davis and Fenway Park, you don’t think about his numbers there, a .218 in 49 games, you remember him winning that memorable 17-inning May 2012 game as a pitcher.
There will be plenty of time to worry about Davis and his future later on, but for now, Orioles fans should be concerned about the Yankees and Blue Jays. The Red Sox can wait.