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How long will Davis negotiations drag on?

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How long will Davis negotiations drag on?

SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter is very fond of Chris Davis. However, he hasn’t talked to him during his free agent negotiations.

Teams deal through agents, and the Orioles are dealing with Scott Boras, Davis’ agent.

On Monday, Showalter said he wasn’t surprised that Davis remained unsigned, and tossed out the opinion that the slugger might not sign until February or even March.

That’s not likely.

Davis had the reported seven year, $150 million offer from the Orioles, and if they don’t sign another big name free agent soon, he can circle back and accept it.

While teams do sign players in February or March, it would be unprecedented for one to agree to a contract larger than the one the Orioles offered to Davis that late in the free agent cycle.

Ubaldo Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles after spring training, one that Showalter reminded reporters doesn’t seem as bad as it looked during the first season.

But Jimenez was a pitcher, and teams can always use a starting pitcher, even good ones.

Davis is a first baseman, or an outfielder as Boras is trying to market him, and teams usually have spent their money for big names by Feb. 1.

Meanwhile, another Boras client and Davis teammate, Wei-Yin Chen, is said to be negotiating actively with the Miami Marlins. The market hasn’t been as hot for Chen as Boras thought. He had a five-year, $100 million price tag, and while he’s arguably the best pitcher left on the market, Miami seems an unlikely fit for Chen.

Most free agents who sign late take one-year deals because the market for them hasn't been robust. That hasn't been the case with Davis. He may have to settle for the Orioles' offer, but it would still be one of the larger contracts in baseball history.

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field