Davis Makes The Deal

It is a bit disconcerting. Imagine that you are involved in a relationship with someone. You offer to make a serious commitment. They decline. Then a month later, realizing that no one else is interested in them, they suddenly want you back. I don’t know about you, but at that point, I’d say hit the road, Jack. But alas, this is not about love. This is about baseball.

Having just occurred Saturday, it is now ancient news that Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a seven-year, $161 million deal. This, of course, after Davis declined an earlier $150 million offer and left the Orioles and their fans hanging while he and his agent tested the free market. At that time, there was talk that Davis, who led all of MLB in 2015 in home runs, was seeking a contract in the $200 million range. Well, well, well, reality, as they say, bites.

While it was a frustrating waiting game for the Orioles fans and organization, there is ultimately nothing wrong with Chris Davis testing the market to find the highest bidder for his skills.  In fact, I think it is our responsibility to know our worth and seek the maximum compensation for our services. Who are we to ask or judge “how much is enough money” for one person? We did not hit 47 home runs last year. He did and that has value.

Some have called it greedy.  I call it smart (by Davis, not by the Orioles). Davis was not out bilking innocent investors or taking advantage of anyone. The Orioles owners and management must think that he is worth that investment (debatable, but we shall see).

$161 million. Not bad for a guy from Longview, Texas with a baseball bat. Good for you, Crush. We hope that it will also be good for the Orioles.

3 thoughts on “Davis Makes The Deal

  1. The Baseball Bloggess January 19, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    As much as paying anyone $161 million is unfathomable to me, I don’t begrudge Crush a cent. The Orioles wouldn’t pay it unless they could, right? I always have supported free agency … and if a player can squeeze a few extra million out owners, well then, good for them.

    I know that ticket prices will go up with this signing, but eventually I think we’ll hit the tipping point with these mega-contracts.

    I don’t think Chris Davis will live up to the salary, but then, who could? That said, I think his intangibles are as important on the team as his home runs. It’s hard to put a value on a focused, determined, and motivated clubhouse that genuinely likes playing together. I think that was key and it was important to keep him and I’m glad the O’s did.

    Yay for Crush … Yay for us!

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  2. T. Wayne January 18, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Oh, let us hope so. Hopefully they can find a starting pitcher also. I liked the “deferred money” bit, even as I’ll be laughing about it as Davis keeps getting paid long after he’s left the club. But it gives the club some flexibility to find and sign some other players who can help. Just a question of which players the club is looking to get.

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    • Maria January 18, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Yes I agree. Still concerned about the pitching…:)

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