Orioles making an early effort to sign Chris Davis

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The Orioles are making an early effort to sign 1B/OF Chris Davis, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Heyman notes that it’s hard to imagine Davis would agree to a deal before hitting free agency.

Davis, 29, rebounded from a disappointing 2014 season, batting .262/.361/.562 with 47 home runs (leading the majors) and 117 RBI in 670 plate appearances. He will be one of the better-hitting free agents and will likely be able to pursue a hefty multi-year contract, which might force the Orioles out of the conversation.

The Orioles acquired Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Rangers in a July 2011 trade that sent reliever Koji Uehara to Texas.