At Saturday’s FanFest, there were questions everywhere from the more than 11,500 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Many of the questions were about Chris Davis.
Some would like to bring him back—no matter the cost. Some would like to move on from him.
Davis’ agent, Scott Boras, has compared his statistics with Alex Rodriguez’s, but there may be a more apt comparison, and one that should provide a cautionary tale.
Orioles fans, meet Ryan Howard.
From 2006-09, Howard averaged nearly 50 home runs and more than 140 RBIs a season. In 2009, Howard turned 30, the age that Davis will turn next year.
Since turning 30, Howard has averaged 23 home runs a year and 83 RBIs, decent numbers, but not befitting the five-year, $125 million contract he’s working under.
The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to peddle Howard, who is entering the final year of his contract. There’s also a $23 million option for 2017 which won’t be picked up—or a $10 million buyout.
Howard is now 36, what Davis would be in the final year of the reported seven-year, $150 million contract the Orioles reportedly offered, and Dan Duquette has said has been withdrawn.
Left-handed power hitting players are rare, especially now, and Davis is the only true slugger on the market, but the Orioles or any other team considering him, should think about Howard’s nosedive before proceeding further.