Now that Jason Heyward has reportedly agreed to a megadollars free agent contract, how does that affect the Orioles pursuit of Chris Davis?
The Orioles weren’t going to play in Heyward’s league. He reportedly turned down a $200 million offer from the Nationals to sign with the Chicago Cubs.
But, the Cardinals, with whom he played last season, and aggressively sought to retain him, could now turn their eyes toward Alex Gordon, who has also interested the Orioles, or Davis, with whom they’ve also been linked.
Davis’ agent, Scott Boras, is trying to build his market, and it’s apparent to the Orioles that for now, anyway, Davis doesn’t have any other suitors.
“Who are we competing against?” Dan Duquette asked during this week’s Winter Meetings. "We made a really aggressive offer to sign this player and still field a competitive team.”
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While Boras often likes to keep his top players from deciding on a team until January, that may not be the case here.
There wasn’t much talk about Prince Fielder and Max Scherzer before their signings. Boras deliberately kept the talk quiet.
The Orioles want to show their fans they’re serious about re-signing Davis, and if Boras can get St. Louis and others interested now that Heyward’s gone, there may be a market.
NOTE: The Orioles have announced starting times for their 2016 home games. All games Monday-Friday will continue to have 7:05 p.m. start times with the exception of Opening Day, Apr. 4 (3:05 p.m.), May 19 (12:35 p.m.) and May 30 (1:35 p.m.)
Most Saturday games will begin at 7:05 p.m. except for June 18, June 25 and July 9 (4:05 p.m.) The June 4th game against the Yankees is slated for a FOX telecast and will begin at 7:15 p.m.
All Sunday home games have 1:35 p.m. start times.
Weekend start times are subject to change if games are selected for FOX or ESPN telecasts.
Times for away games have yet to be announced.
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