It was reported earlier this week that the Orioles had made a $150 million offer in their hopes to retain free agent slugger Chris Davis, but executive vice president Dan Duquette told Rich Dubroff of CSNmidatlantic.com at the team’s Fan Fest event this morning that there’s “no offer on the table right now.”
The Orioles were hoping for a quick answer from Davis, but he and his agent, Scott Boras, weren’t willing to give it. The reported offer included deferred money, so it was less than $150 million in present-day value. Davis’ camp still thinks he can do better, but the Orioles aren’t going to wait around as they try to improve their roster.
While it’s possible the two sides could revisit a deal down the line, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles are looking at left-handed bats on the market. No word on what this could mean for the pursuit of right-handed slugger Justin Upton.
For reference, the richest contract in Orioles’ history is Adam Jones‘ $85.5 million extension from 2012.