Despite rumors earlier in the week that talks between the two sides had come to a halt, and despite the fact that the Baltimore Orioles offered a deal to one of the other big-name free agent position players that has yet to sign, a deal finally came to fruition.
Early Saturday morning the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winner Chris Davis agreed to terms with the Orioles on a 7-year, $161 Million deal to return to Birdland.
The deal is the biggest deal in team history, and is one of the biggest free agent deals to be signed this offseason.
The 29-year-old Davis has clobbered 45 or more home runs in two of of the last three years, and has crushed a total of 126 homers over the last three seasons.
Davis has had a re-birth to his career since coming to Baltimore after struggling for a majority of his stint in Texas.
Davis and agent Scott Boras walked away from a 7-year, $150 Million deal offered by the O’s earlier this offseason, no doubt in hopes of getting more money. It worked.
However, the deal getting done is no doubt somewhat due to the fact that no other team besides Baltimore showed any true signs of interest in Davis.
The re-signing of Davis solves a ton of issues in the Orioles lineup and gives them more flexibility at a number of positions.
Davis obviously gives the O’s a power bat in the middle of the lineup – a left-handed power bat at that – but he also is a player that can play either first base or right field.
Re-signing Davis is just the latest move the Baltimore front office has pulled off in what has become one of the busiest off seasons in team history. Including Davis, other major components of last years team that are returning to OPACY in 2016 include Matt Wieters and Darren O’Day, and the O’s agree to contract terms with Manny Machado, Chris Tillman and Brad Brach in order to avoid arbitration.
Baltimore also pulled off a steal this winter, trading for power hitter Mark Trumbo, and signing international power hitter Hyun Soo Kim.
As many positives that the Davis re-signing brings, it also has some negative connotations.
The deal likely means that Baltimore is done with major transactions this offseason, so O’s fans can probably forget about the team signing Yoenis Cespedes, who they offered a 5-year deal to on Thursday.
It also would appear that the club is out of the race for the top pitcher remaining on the market in Yovani Gallardo.
One thing is for certain, though, a fan-favorite is returning to the Charm City. Baltimore fans rejoice.