#1 – Chris Davis (Yes, he’s still under contract)
I dare you to name a player who could hit the ball further, faster, and more powerful and then turn around and make the opposing pitcher look like CY Young on the very next pitch. In a nutshell, that solidifies the time and career of Chris the Crushman Davis. Oh, and yes, he is still getting paid by the Baltimore Orioles until 2037. No, that is not a typo!
Two things reigned true in Chris Davis’ 10 years in Charm City. First, the boy could hit. Davis averaged 30 or more home runs six times. Second, he could flat miss the ball, averaging close to 200 strikeouts a year seven times. However, during his tenure, he was part of some of the most electric baseball the Baltimore Orioles have seen in over 20 years.
Ranking the worst Baltimore Orioles contracts for 2022
Up until 2016, Davis’ contracts were manageable and not over the top. However, once his new deal came into place, he began to fall out of it. Crush hit 38 homers in 2016, but from there on out, the wheels fell off. All the love in the world goes out to what he and his family have done for Baltimore, but I have a feeling his salary for the O’s will outlast fans remembering that.
Bobby Bonilla, Albert Belle, and Chris Davis. Three names that will live in infamy when it comes to massive contracts with minor results. Unfortunately, the Baltimore Orioles are on two of those payroll transactions and have suffered mightily.
Before reading this, you might have asked yourself how the Baltimore Orioles could even have a list of bad contracts in 2022. Now, you know. It appears that Mike Elias is around to change all of that, and he cannot be blamed for two of these three poor deals. However, it will be nice not to have these hanging over our heads, say ten years from now.