It's no longer taboo to say Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis' production fell off almost immediately after he signed his club-record seven-year, $161 million contract back in January of 2016.
The Orioles, who are currently in the midst of a four-game skid, have been one of the best stories in MLB this season. Sitting at third in the AL East, the team has found early success with their young roster.
Shortstop José Iglesias was recently placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left quadriceps injury but even with his absence, there isn't a clear path to getting Davis more at-bats.
Davis has hit under .200 combined in four-plus seasons since signing his big deal. He's now 34 years of age making $23 million per year for a 162-game season.
Davis has two seasons worth $46 million remaining on his current deal. He's responsible for about a third of the team's payroll and will be receiving $1.7 million paychecks annually until 2037.
Due to the magic of MLB guaranteed contracts, there's nothing much the O's organization can do. You're witnessing the longest waiting game in baseball history. The Orioles can only hope Davis finds some of the magic that led to him earning his contract. my