Baltimore Orioles: Would Chris Davis take a one-year deal?

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Would the Baltimore Orioles or anyone else sign Chris Davis for a year?

As time goes on, there’s seemingly more and more urgency on the part of both the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis for something to happen. Some might even call this a standoff of sorts. However all would argue that it can’t go on forever. Or could it simply be deferred?

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Would the Orioles, or any other team for that matter, consider signing Davis to a high-dollar contract for one year? This would in effect be similar to what Scott Boras did with Wieters earlier this off season, in accepting the Orioles’ qualifying offer for 2016. It would give the Orioles or any other team Davis’ services for this season, and then the process would start anew in 2016-’17.

It would be similar to the Orioles signing Cruz in 2014 to a one-year deal. Granted that was in the immediate aftermath of a PED suspension, however the net affect would be the same. It’s very interesting that there’s literally been no movement or reports of movement on Davis since the culmination of the winter meetings. No other teams have budged on him, and the O’s have “allegedly” removed their initial offer.

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  • I think it’s highly unlikely that this would happen – with the Orioles or any other team. In fact, I only see something like this happening if it got to the point to where spring training had literally started and Davis was still at home. And if that ended up being the case then I would also say that Scott Boras had seriously misrepresented his client and done him an incredible injustice.

    But it would give Davis one supplemental year to strut his stuff in hopes of getting a bigger deal next year. And if you’re the Orioles or any other franchise looking to contend in 2016, you might view Davis as a final piece to get you to the playoffs. Or deep into the playoffs.

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    Here’s one other point on a contract for Davis; if by some stroke of bad luck Davis isn’t signed by the time the season actually starts, the Orioles forfeit the right to get a draft pick back for him. As it stands now, if any other team signs him they would send their first round draft pick to the Orioles this year since the Birds made a qualifying offer. For a slugger of Davis’ caliber most teams will gladly let the draft pick go (as the O’s did on Cruz). But it’s certainly worth mentioning at this point.

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    That’s not to say that Boras wants to wait that long so as to make it more attractive to another team. But for sure it would kind of be a slap in the face more so than normal if Davis signed with another team and the Orioles got nothing back.