Perhaps it is Chris Davis and not Bryce Harper that will enshrine Scott Boras’ trophy case of contracts.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis earned the nickname “Crush” early in his professional career for his strength as a power hitter and frequency of multi-hit games.
In 2016, the Orioles signed Davis to a seven-year, $161 million contract, with $42 million deferred from 2032-2037. The Orioles will still have another check in the mail addressed to Chris Davis after Bryce Harper’s 13-year deal with the Phillies is over.
Back to present day - the average annual value on Davis’ deal through 2022 is $23 million. Divide that by 162 games per season, and he earns $141,975.31 per game, benched or batting.
Davis’ performance and value have woefully and significantly sunk each year since signing, and 2019 has started no higher than at rock bottom. So far, Davis is 0-for-17 with 11 strikeouts in seven games.
Bottom line: Chris Davis has earned almost a million dollars ($993,827.16) so far in 2019 and has gone 0-for-17 in that time.
This entire situation is bad for all parties involved, including those that have to painstakingly organize it into something understandable.
Just when you thought it was too early in the season, it’s time to ask some hard questions. Is it possible to turn around from this dead end? Has Davis flatlined, or is he at least trying to reboot?
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