The Orioles could have spent big on extensions for Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and/or Chris Davis this season, but they opted not to make those deals. Maybe they didn’t reach agreements with the players or maybe they wanted to wait out the 2014 season. Now as the year winds down, Wieters is on the shelf with Tommy John surgery, Machado is having his second knee surgery in as many seasons and Chris Davis is suspended 25 games for amphetamines.
Lucky or smart? Either way it worked out in their favor.
That doesn’t mean that they won’t have a bunch of other difficult choices to make after this season. Nelson Cruz, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis are all scheduled to hit the open market. The aforementioned Wieters and Davis, both clients of super agent Scott Boras, are free agents after next season.
From ESPN’s Buster Olney, a recent guest of Birds Eye View on the Baltimore Sports Report Network, comes the news that the O’s most recent offer to Davis was five years for $70 million.
The Orioles' proposal to Chris Davis, in their last round of serious negotiations, was five years, $70 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 14, 2014
This deal would make Davis the second highest paid Oriole behind Adam Jones, who signed a six-year, $85.5 million deal in 2012 — the largest in franchise history. Davis is currently making $10.35 million in his second year of arbitration with the Birds.
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