We had some big news early Saturday morning. Chris Davis has agreed to sign with the Orioles for a seven-year deal worth $161 million–$23 million average annual value. This news comes just a day after it was reported that the Orioles were “ready to move on” and had offered Yoenis Cespedes a five year deal. Now it all seems that the Orioles intended to make their “serious interest” in Cespedes public so that Davis’s camp would move to make a deal done with the only team that’s been seriously connected to Chris Davis.
The Orioles did have a plan all along if they couldn’t re-sign their slugger. They had traded for OF/1B Mark Trumbo earlier in the offseason, as well as Korean OF Hyun-soo Kim. They also had interest in Pedro Alvarez.
Davis’s contract will surely have many ripples throughout the free agent/trade market. It’s safe to assume that ththe Orioles will no longer be pursuing Cespedes, which would leave the only offer for him short-term ones with possibly the Mets, White Sox, or Tigers. And Justin Upton is still available. It’s looking more and more likely he’ll sign a one year deal so he can re-enter next year’s weak market. We’ll have to see whether the other outfielders–Dexter Fowler and Cespedes–will be relegated to do so as well.
Do you think Davis is worth that much money? Do you think they’d been better off allocating that money elsewhere? Where will Yoenis and Justin sign?