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Davis deal shows Orioles willing to pay big bucks

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Davis deal shows Orioles willing to pay big bucks

As details of Chris Davis’ extension with the Orioles are revealed, it seems that the price for him may not have been as costly as originally believed.

ESPN.com reports that Davis will defer $42 million of the reported $161 million on the deal. He’ll receive $17 million a year from now until the end of the contract in 2022. That $17 million is higher than the Orioles have paid any player, but not much higher than Adam Jones’ $16.33 million in 2016 and 2017. Jones is scheduled to be paid $17.33 million in the final year of his six-year deal in 2018.

Davis gets $3.5 million from 2023-2032, and $1.4 million a year from 2033-2037. He’ll be 51 when the Orioles commitment to him ends.

He lives in Texas, and there’s no income tax there. That’s a big advantage for him.

The $17 million pushes the Orioles’ estimated payroll closer to $140 million, a number unthinkable around these parts just a few years ago. While there are some who think that they could still sign Yoenis Cespedes, perhaps to a one-year deal, it seems unlikely they could afford him.

It’s best for the Orioles if they try and spend whatever money they have left in the 2016 budget to try and get a starting pitcher though they don’t have much to trade.

Once the Orioles add a pitcher or two and perhaps another outfielder, their payroll could be over $140, which is large, but wouldn’t put them among the top 10 in payrolls.

Christian Walker, whose path to first base is now blocked for the foreseeable future and beyond could be part of a deal. Otherwise the Orioles could think about having Walker and Trey Mancini play the outfield at Norfolk instead of first base.

Whether Davis gets a full or partial no-trade clause seems immaterial. He’s scheduled to reach 10-year status early in the 2020 season, which gives him the right to veto trades.

If he becomes unhappy in Baltimore, he could always request a trade, but with his large financial obligations, a trade would become extremely unwieldy. Once a player signs a long-term deal, they become difficult to trade. The Phillies found that out with Ryan Howard.

On the plus side, the Orioles have shown their fan base they’re willing to spend, though they haven’t signed an outside free agent for major money since Miguel Tejada in 2003.

Davis, Jones, J.J. Hardy and Darren O’Day were all signed for big money and multiple years, at least for their positions, in the last four years, but each was already an Oriole.

Since Dan Duquette took over in Nov. 2011, his biggest outside signing was Ubaldo Jimenez for four years and $50 million in 2013.

The Orioles have not invoiced season ticket holders, and now they can. Fans who have been clamoring for Davis’ return can be satisfied.

When Matt Wieters accepted the team’s qualifying offer of $15.8 million in November, many fans were upset, thinking incorrectly that the team’s pursuit of Davis and O’Day would be harmed.

Any fan who thinks that an extension for Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop, or for that matter, Jones, is out of the question now, can see that the Orioles have accepted that this is a new financial era in baseball.

A possible Machado extension could be more costly than Davis because of his youth and special skill set, but after the precedent setting Davis deal, it no longer seems so far fetched.

What will the fans who complained that the Orioles wouldn’t spend money going to carp about now? They’ll find something, I’m sure.

Davis will be 30 in March, and in his big league career, has 203 home runs. He’s averaged about 40 home runs a year in the last four years. If he somehow manages to hit 40 homers a year for the life of his contract, he’ll have 483 home runs and a legitimate chance at the Hall of Fame.

Orioles fans can only hope that’s the case.

MORE ORIOLES: After Davis, what's next for the Orioles?

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hecticfew weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.

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Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."

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Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.