According to ESPN insider Buster Olney, the Baltimore Orioles have pulled their massive seven-year offer to first baseman Chris Davis off the table. This does not come as a major surprise, as the Orioles have a need to add a power bat, and there are few other realistic fallback options on the market.
Orioles didn’t increase 7-year offer to Davis. Source: “Not one nickel.” Offer off table, although O’s would pick up thread of past talks.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2015
The Orioles cannot afford to continue waiting while Davis makes up his mind for 2016 and beyond. The seven-year offer, believed to be for $150 million, would blow the team’s previous high of $85.5 million for Adam Jones. With a big, gaping hole in right field, the Orioles must move on and try to make Justin Upton or Alex Gordon a big-time offer. There is also the starting rotation to address, and the Orioles are said to be hopeful of adding a mid-tier arm.
While the Orioles have not completely given up on their pursuit of Davis, there may be too big of a gap between the desires of the player (and his agent) and the Orioles’ front office. If Davis plans to hold out for an eight-year, $200 million offer, Baltimore should kindly thank the big Texan for his services and 161 home runs over the past five seasons and move on to other free agents. Duquette has not totally ruled out resuming talks at a later date, and Davis does figure to be on the market for a good while longer, but for now, it appears the Orioles are preparing themselves for life after Chris Davis in 2016.