1B/OF Chris Davis was one of 16 players to decline a $15.8 million qualifying offer, but the Orioles held out hope they would still be able to bring him back. Apparently discussions with agent Scott Boras didn’t go very far. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said his discussion “was the shortest & quickest negotiation I’ve ever had with [Boras],” per Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Davis, 29, has hit 126 home runs over the last three seasons, by far the most in baseball. Former teammate Nelson Cruz has hit the second most in that span of time at 111.
This past season, Davis led the majors in strikeouts with 208, but also led the majors in home runs with 47 while batting .262/.361/.562 and knocking in 117 runs.