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Orioles not willing to move Chris Davis while in contention

The Baltimore Orioles previously considered moving their slugging first baseman.

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The Baltimore Orioles, just like most teams in the American League, are still hanging around in the chase for a playoff spot come October. And that means that Chris Davis won't be moved while they are still in contention, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Previously, the Orioles front office entertained the idea of trading Davis, but has decided on keeping him unless they completely slide out of the playoff race. The 29-year-old Davis is a free agent after the 2015 season, but the Orioles will be able extend him a qualifying offer, which would give the Orioles a compensation pick if Davis chooses to play elsewhere.

Davis is very streaky, hitting .286 in 2013, .196 in 2014 and .235 so far in 2015. What he brings to the table is eye-popping power. Last season, despite his putrid batting average, he mashed 26 home runs to go along with 72 RBIs. It was just two seasons ago that Davis crushed 53 home runs and pushed across 138 runs, spawning the nickname "Crush Davis".

If the Orioles fall out of contention and decide to trade Davis, they will get value in terms of a prospect package. However if they hold on to him, try to compete and then lose him to free agency, they will get a draft pick. The front office will need to decided what they think is more valuable to them as a franchise, and whether or not the prospects are that much of a difference.