Dan Duquette’s talk with Scott Boras: “The shortest & quickest negotiation I’ve ever had.”

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Correction (9:29 PM EST): Duquette was referring to Matt Wieters — who accepted a qualifying offer — not Chris Davis. I apologize for the confusion.

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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.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.