Chris Davis led baseball in home runs and RBI last season with 53 and 138, respectively. He earned a $10.35 million salary for 2014 in his second year of arbitration eligibility and will enter his third and final period of arbitration eligibility next winter after which he can become a free agent.
Per MASN’s Steve Melewski, the Orioles haven’t made much of an effort yet to get their first baseman signed to an extension.
Davis said this morning there is not much happening on that front right now.
“Not that I know of and you guys are pretty good about finding things out,” Davis said. “I’m sure if anything is said, we’ll be talking about it, but those are for Scott (Boras) and Dan (Duquette). I have way too much to focus on here.”
The good news is that Davis isn’t particularly concerned about his contract situation, saying that “[the Orioles] took care” of him this off-season. Davis also understands that the Orioles may be reticent to commit to a first baseman who only has two solid seasons under his belt. Davis turns 28 on Monday and a contract extension would likely take him into his mid-30’s.
Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. At least, that’s the word from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, who says the 32-year-old is still “throwing and getting ready for the season” (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News).
Lincecum may not be ready to enter retirement, but another quote from Thurman suggests that he’ll be picky about where he pitches next. He doesn’t appear open to pitching overseas, and despite not having a contract for 2017 (or even any serious suitors), the right-hander is set on pitching in the big leagues this year. Whether or not he’s willing to take a bullpen role to do so remains to be seen.
While Baggarly predicts some interest in the veteran righty, there’s not much in Lincecum’s recent history to inspire faith in him as a starter, or even a reliever. He picked up a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels following his hip surgery in 2015, and went 2-6 in 2016 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings. At this point, a minor league contract seems like the surest path back to major league success, though he’s unlikely to find an open spot on the Giants’ or Angels’ rosters anytime soon.
Free agent right-hander Jeff Manship has reportedly signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The righty was non-tendered by the Indians in December.
Manship, 32, completed his second season with Cleveland in 2016. He delivered a 3.12 ERA, 4.6 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 rate over 43 1/3 innings, a slight decline after posting an 0.92 ERA with the club the year before. During eight years in the major leagues, Manship carries a 4.82 career ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 6.4 SO/9 in multiple stints with the Twins, Rockies, Phillies and Indians.
The right-hander will be joined by fellow MLB transplants Eric Hacker and Xavier Scruggs, each of whom took one-year deals with the Dinos last month. Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors notes that each KBO team is allowed up to three foreign players, so Manship will round out the trio when he joins the roster. Any salary terms have yet to be disclosed.