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Chris Davis has three years left on his seven-year, $161 million contract. And he nearly walked away from it.

According to multiple reporters in Sarasota, Florida for the Orioles' first team workout of the spring, Davis admitted he considered walking away from baseball after another rough season. 

Davis, 33, slashed .179/.276/.326 last season with 36 RBIs and 12 home runs — the lowest totals of his career in a season in which he played at least 100 games.

After signing his monster contract in 2016, Davis’ play has fallen significantly. In those four years, he’s slashed .198/.294/.385 and struck out 745 times in 2,063 plate appearances. 

With the Orioles in the midst of a rebuild, there will soon be younger talent looking to take over Davis’ spot at first base. The first player in that wave will be Ryan Mountcastle, who last season in Triple-A Norfolk earned International League Most Valuable Player after a season where he slashed .312/.344/.527 and had 25 home runs and an .871 OPS. 

Davis also told reporters that if his play doesn’t improve, he’ll have the same conversation with his wife after the 2020 season. 

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