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Davis thrilled that Orioles wanted him back

BALTIMORE—Chris Davis knew the free agent process was going to be a long one. He didn’t expect it to take as long as it did.

“I didn’t really know what to expect. From everyone that I had talked to, they all said, ‘it’s going to take longer than you expect,’" Davis said. “I wasn’t necessarily thrilled about it, but it’s kind of just the way things work.”

Davis’ agent, Scott Boras had made his interest known by flying to Baltimore to meet with managing partner Peter Angelos to tell him how much Davis wanted to stay with the Orioles.

“I think that was huge in the negotiations,” Davis said. “There was a certain sense of comfort in that.”

Davis admitted that as January came and spring training got closer, he was getting a little nervous.

“O.K., let’s get this going,” Davis said.

Boras said he had to wait for the market for hitters to develop, but wouldn’t comment on whether the slugger had other serious suitors.

“You know, when you go to a wedding, you never talk about your girlfriends,” Boras said.

In the end, Davis is back with the Orioles for seven years and a reported $161 million.

“We knew that we had really enjoyed being in Baltimore. For the last four years, that’s really all I had known and we’ve had a lot of success here and it’s just was a comfortable place to be. My family enjoys it here. I think the fact that we knew they were interested obviously made it a little bit easier,” Davis said.

The slugger was accompanied to the unusual Thursday night press conference by his wife Jill and his young daughter, Ella.

Davis’ contract is by far the largest one ever given out by the Orioles, and Davis acknowledged that there would be pressure accompanying it.

“I hope there is. I hope there are expectations. I’ve always kind of thought of pressure as something that you really inflict on yourself. As a professional athlete, really a professional in anything that you do, you’re going to expect yourself to be great and you’re going to hold yourself to high standards. I’m happy to be here for the next seven years and be in a place where I’ve had success in the past and we’ve had success as a team in the past. And I think these next few years are going to be a lot of fun and hopefully very successful years,” Davis said.

Boras negotiated not only with Angelos, but with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

“We always had Chris as a primary target to sign through the winter. You know, these deals, they have their own timing. Some take a while. Some get done quickly. In this case, things came together late Friday night. We had the structure of the deal we ended up agreeing to. We had a lot of that in place and Mr. Angelos and Scott talked late into the night on Friday and the sides were able to come together with a deal and so Chris is here today,” Duquette said.

Davis is comfortable with the Orioles, and has been since he was traded here in July 2011, and he likes that the team extended a qualifying offer to Matt Wieters, which the catcher accepted and an a new four-year, $31 million contract to Darren O’Day, with whom Davis played with in Texas.

“I’m extremely excited about that. The feelings that everyone had the last few days were well-warranted because of really the group of guys we’ve had the last few years,” Davis said. “The fact that we have such a good group of guys and a warm, inviting clubhouse should draw players to Baltimore and it should make you want to be a part something special. I think the longer we can keep that going and the more that we can keep that focus our central theme, the better off we’re going to be as a team.”

In between taking his physical here this week, Davis visited a local hospital and met a fan who expressed his happiness about the extension.

“You know it’s so much fun to watch you guys. Don’t ever lose that. Don’t lose that fun, happy-go-lucky attitude,” the fan told Davis.

“That really struck a chord with me because I feel like the fans here really relate to the players. We don’t have a bunch of guys here that don’t necessarily care about the community. They spend time in the community. They get to know fans. That real big sense of family and sense of community here, and I think that’s something you don’t find everywhere,” Davis said.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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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 hectic few 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