Chris Davis is slated to serve as the Orioles’ everyday first baseman in 2015, but manager Buck Showalter wants the slugger to get some playing time in right field, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Davis hasn’t played in the outfield since 2012.
Davis missed the last few weeks of the regular season when he was suspended 25 games for using amphetamines — Adderall, specifically. He had also missed some time early in the season with a strained oblique. As a result, he finished with only 26 home runs and 72 RBI, a far cry from the league-leading 53 and 138 from 2013.
Davis can become a free agent after the season. There hasn’t been much in the way of progress regarding an extension thus far, though agent Scott Boras expressed optimism back in December in an Encina report.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.