NASHVILLE, Tenn.—What will it take to bring Chris Davis back to the Orioles? How long will it take?
Many of the most optimistic Orioles fans didn’t think that the club would retain two of their free agents, and especially not Darren O’Day and Matt Wieters.
Why not try for a third?
It’s obvious that something has changed around the Orioles. They’re more aggressive, much more aggressive than they were last year when even before the Winter Meetings in San Diego, they lost Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller.
Two days into this year’s meetings, they still haven’t lost Davis, Wei-Yin Chen, Gerardo Parra or Steve Pearce.
The chatter around Davis has been quiet except for a farcical rumor on Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays had made a huge offer.
Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton are the biggest name hitters available, and it’s been quiet around the others, too.
Boston’s Dave Dombromski, who reeled in David Price last week, says the team has probably made its major moves. The Houston Astros, according to an industry source, aren’t going to take on a contract like Davis’.
Who exactly are the Orioles competing with?
At last month’s general managers meetings, Davis’ agent, Scott Boras, made the case that Davis is as good an outfielder as he is a first baseman, and that increases his value. Among contemporary players, Davis’ numbers compare only with Alex Rodriguez when A-Rod was in his prime, Boras said.
Who wouldn’t want a player like that?
Boras is often in no hurry to make a deal. He’s often willing to wait weeks.
How long are the Orioles willing to wait?
Mark Trumbo can always play first base—or the outfield. He could be the designated hitter.
If the Orioles sign an outfielder or two with speed and on-base capability, might there still be money for Davis?
The guess here is that the Orioles will wait on Davis. I just don’t know how long.
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