Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations, told season ticket-holders on Saturday that the team wants to “sign some of our key players for the future” and added that 1B/OF Chris Davis is “one of them”, as Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Davis, 29, can become a free agent after the season. He entered action Saturday night batting .257/.341/.541. He homered twice against the Athletics on Saturday, including a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Though he leads the majors with 144 strikeouts, he also leads with 88 RBI and has knocked 34 balls out of the park as well. The veteran has more than bounced back from last year’s subpar showing.
Davis is one of many Orioles who could leave via free agency after the season. The others include Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen, Gerardo Parra, Darren O’Day, Steve Pearce, and Nolan Reimold.
The Orioles have released outfielder Travis Snider, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The club had designated him for assignment on August 7.
Snider compiled a poor .237/.318/.341 triple-slash line with three home runs and 20 RBI in 236 plate appearances. The Orioles upgraded their outfield, acquiring Gerardo Parra and Junior Lake at the trade deadline, which left Snider on the outside looking in. Lake, however, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for Henry Urrutia, coming up from Norfolk.
The O’s also purged outfielder David Lough on Friday.
The Orioles acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra in a trade with the Brewers on Friday. In order to clear room on the 25-man roster for him, the club designated pitcher Bud Norris for assignment.
Norris, 30, has had a rough year. He compiled a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts through the end of June, which included a stint on the disabled list due to bronchitis. He lost his rotation spot and moved to the bullpen in July, but continued to struggle, allowing 10 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings across seven appearances.
The Orioles explored trade options but ultimately decided to designate him for assignment, MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli reports.