The Orioles have expressed interest in re-signing first baseman Chris Davis, and the club recently made an offer "in the neighborhood of $150 million," according to MASN.com's Roch Kubatko. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the deal is in the 7-year, $150 million neighborhood.
While the Orioles have made an offer, Kubatko notes the organization has "made no progress" on a deal that would keep Davis in Baltimore moving forward.
General Manager Dan Duquette and Owner Pete Angelos have both made it clear the Orioles want to keep Davis in their lineup. Whether they are able to propose an extensive enough deal remains to be seen.
The Orioles' reported proposal is notable since the largest contract the club has ever agreed to is a six-year, $86.5 million deal given to Adam Jones in 2012. While the length of the potential $150 million deal is not clear, if it would keep Davis in Baltimore for six or seven seasons, Davis' agent, Scott Boras, might consider it.
Davis, 29, is thought to be one of the top power hitters currently available, and the fact he is a left-handed hitter likely makes him more valuable. Davis has led all of baseball in home runs each of the last three seasons and is considered an above average defender at first base.
If a club is seeking a left-handed hitting outfielder, Davis is likely versatile enough to play a corner outfield spot for a short time until there is a need at first base.
Davis batted .262/.361/.562 to complement 47 home runs and 117 RBIs in 2015.
Boras has a tendency to encourage his clients to accept the largest possible deal, but the fact the Orioles made such a notable offer indicates the club might have the financial flexibility necessary to re-sign Davis.
The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are all interested in Davis, however there remains a chance he returns to the Orioles in 2016.