According to an article on ESPN.com, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told the crowd at Saturday’s annual FanFest in Baltimore that the O’s made a long-term contract offer to slugger Chris Davis earlier this offseason. Davis, a client of super agent Scott Boras, settled for a one-year, $10.35 million contract instead, avoiding arbitration.
Davis will be arbitration-eligible for the third and final time in 2015. He is scheduled to hit the free agent market the winter leading into the 2016 season.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it every day — I love being in Baltimore,” Davis told a group of reporters on Saturday. “This has been a place that’s really felt like a second home to me. Just thinking about Opening Day last year, it’s hard not to fall in love with this city and the fan base. The fans really understand the game of baseball, so I would love to stay here.”
The 27-year-old hit .286/.370/.634 with 53 home runs and 138 RBI in 2013 for the Orioles.
The Blue Jays’ playoff hopes were dashed a long, long time ago, but they’re happy to play spoiler as the end of the regular season draws near. On Thursday evening, the Jays trailed the Rays 8-2 entering the bottom of the ninth inning. They proceeded to put up a seven-spot to walk off 9-8 winners, handing the Rays a devastating loss in the midst of their quest to reach the postseason.
Dwight Smith started things off with a leadoff double against Jaime Schultz. Rowdy Tellez followed up by doubling him in. Jonathan Davis was hit by a pitch and then, after Reese McGuire struck out, Danny Jansen hit a three-run homer to left field. Enter Sergio Romo. Romo struck out Richard Ureña, but then allowed a single to Kendrys Morales, a two-run homer to Lourdes Gurriel, then a walk-off solo homer to Justin Smoak.
According to FanGraphs, the Jays had a 0.4 percent chance of winning entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Their probability rose to a measly 4.8 percent after Morales singled. Gurriel’s homer made it 53.8 percent, an increase of a whopping 49 percent.
After the awful loss, the Rays fall to 6.5 games behind the Athletics — who won 21-3 over the Angels earlier — for the second Wild Card in the American League. They have 10 games remaining.