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 fell one run short in their comeback attempt Thursday, but they managed to get it done last night against the Tigers, coming from six runs down for an 8-7 victory at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After Wei-Yin Chen was knocked out of the game early, the Orioles chipped away with one run in the fourth inning and four in the fifth, including a three-run homer from Adam Jones. Manny Machado then gave the Orioles the lead in the sixth with a two-run homer. Chris Davis delivered an RBI single later on in the frame, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
With the win, the Orioles improved to 52-50 on the year and sit just one game back in what promises to be a crazy Wild Card race in the American League. Seven teams are within five games of the Twins right now.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Tigers 7, Orioles 8
Braves 3, Phillies 9
Royals 6, Blue Jays 7 (11 innings)
Pirates 5, Reds 4
Rays 5, Red Sox 7
Nationals 1, Mets 2 (12 innings)
Yankees 13, White Sox 6
Padres 8, Marlins 3 (11 innings)
Mariners 6, Twins 1
Cubs 4, Brewers 1
Indians 2, Athletics 1
Rockies 0, Cardinals 7
Giants 3, Rangers 6
Diamondbacks 6, Astros 4 (10 innings)
Angels 3, Dodgers 5
Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen threw eight innings of shutout ball Monday night against the Phillies, dropping his season ERA to 2.89. But the O’s optioned Chen to High-A Frederick on Tuesday afternoon, citing general fatigue, because they wanted to avoid pitching him this weekend against the Blue Jays, who have been mashing at historic rates against left-handed pitching. Chen isn’t taking this demotion lightly and went on his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening to publicly express his frustration. We’ve screenshotted the tweets in case he decides (or is asked) to delete them …
Chen pitched close to 200 innings last year between the regular season and the playoffs, so there’s no real reason for the O’s to be limiting his workload. It’s easy to understand why the native of Taiwan is upset.