BALTIMORE --- The Most Valuable Oriole says that he would like to return to Baltimore. But, Chris Davis is disappointed that the Orioles haven’t shown much interest in keeping him.
In August, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that re-signing Davis was the club’s highest priority.
Davis just doesn’t feel that way.
“I know I said in spring training that I didn’t want to talk about it, I didn’t want to be a distraction, and I don’t think it has, inside the clubhouse. But when you see guys like [Adam Jones] and [J.J.Hardy] who have been locked up in the season and have at least had communications during the season, it’s a little frustrating, a little disappointing,” Davis said.
“But I understand. I understand that’s part of it. I don’t have any hard feelings against Dan or [managing partner Peter Angelos] or anybody. I feel like I’ve really done everything I can to make them want me back so, like I said, it’s up to them.”
On Thursday, Jones who signed an in-season extension in May 2012, said that re-signing Davis should indeed be a priority.
“I really appreciated it. Jonesy and I have grown really close over the years,” Davis said. “We spend so much time together, you grow to love these guys. I really appreciated him doing that. Jonesy’s never been one to bite his tongue. I appreciate that about him.”
Davis was pleased with his second MVO award, considering his 25-game suspension with use of Adderall without a prescription.
“The last couple weeks I thought about it a little bit. Obviously with the way our season has ended up you want to finish up strong. It is something that was important to me especially after last year and everything I went through and trying to come back and bounce back in a big year for me personally. It is extremely important and I’m honored to win the award again and proud to have it.”
Manager Buck Showalter was pleased with Davis’ recognition.
“We couldn’t have been as competitive as we’ve been this year without him. Chris, through the ups and downs and some of the tough periods, he’s been very consistent in his approach and trusted his abilities, trusted the faith that we had in him. He very quietly came in this year, I think he was very disappointed at the right things that happened last year. He wanted to be there for the club all year and be somebody we could count on, and he was,” Showalter said.
Showalter said he wasn’t so sure that talks between the Orioles and Davis’ agent, Scott Boras, hadn’t occurred.
“I’m not sure if he’s aware of all the conversations that may have gone on, OK?” Showalter said.
“We’re not into that. I like our guys. They’re good players. I’d like to keep them. Games still being active here is not the time for those thoughts. Someone asked you, and they will and have, but there’s a lot of things that I don’t know about.
“This time of year, players get asked about it. They say things that they feel, sometimes without the knowledge of a lot of the other things that may be going on that you’re not aware of. I know a little more than, I think Chris does, but now’s not the time.”
Boras is known as an aggressive negotiator. He also represents Wei-Yin Chen and Matt Wieters.
“I think the biggest thing for me is to go in the offseason and look back, reflect, really take everything in and then just make the best decision possible. That’s all I can say. I would love to be here. I would love to be back here,” Davis said. “It’s out of my hands now.”
Davis insists he’s not saying goodbye, yet, but the realization that his time in Baltimore is nearly over, well, he’s thought some about that.
“I don’t think I’ve really let everything set in. I don’t think it really will until the final out is made and I’m making my way out of here. Really the last month every time I go up to the plate or I go on deck I hear fans screaming, “Don’t leave,” and “we love you,” and all those kinds of things. Those things tug at my heart and it obviously means a lot to me to know that people are behind me. But I still have a job to do. And I know there’s still three games left and I want to finish up strong. I really do. Especially being at home, being in front of our fans,” Davis said.
“I think a lot of that stuff is going to set in Sunday after the final out is made.”