We heard earlier this week that Chris Davis was unlikely to be on the Orioles’ roster for the ALCS against the Royals and manager Buck Showalter made it official in his comments to the media this afternoon.
Davis is not eligible to return from his 25-game amphetamine suspension until Game 6 of the ALCS. In other words, if the Orioles were to include him on their roster, they would have to play one man short for the first five games of the series. This decision might have been a little tougher if the Orioles needed five games to get past the Tigers in the ALDS, as Davis would have been eligible to return for Game 4 of the ALCS, but it just doesn’t make much sense in this case.
While Davis will not be active, he will be with the team during the ALCS. However, he will not be allowed to sit on the bench during the games. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Showalter said today that Davis will be considered for the World Series roster if the Orioles make it past the Royals.
Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and a .704 OPS in 127 games this season prior to his suspension.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.