Over the past four seasons, there has been no more prolific home run hitter in the American League than Chris Davis. The slugging first baseman/outfielder has hit 159 home runs in that time while leading the league twice, with 53 in 2013 and 47 this year. Since joining the Baltimore Orioles as a reclamation project in the 2011 Koji Uehara trade, Davis has slashed .257/.341/.526 with a homer every 13.9 at-bats.
The slump of 2014 appears to be a blip in the radar for Davis, caused by nagging injuries and possibly a decision to stop taking Adderall. Late last season, Davis tested positive for the drug after making an effort to get back on it without renewing his therapeutic use exemption. With the TUE back in effect this season, Davis once again looked like the hitter who made the first 60-plus-homer season since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in 2001 look possible.
With Davis, you do have to accept the strikeouts and sometimes lengthy slumps. He did have two months this season with over 40 strikeouts, and batted just .196 in May. Still, Davis is an elite power hitter in a free agent market with very few of them. He is going to get paid a lot of money, probably over six years. My best guess is that Davis will stay in the American League so that he can continue facing pitchers he is familiar with while leaving open the possibility of becoming a full-time DH towards the end of the contract.
Here are the teams with the best shot at signing Chris Davis.