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Orioles no closer to deal with Chris Davis, maintain interest in Yovani Gallardo

The Orioles and Chris Davis head into the weekend no closer to a deal.

When this week began – and the hot-stove season resumed after the holiday break – I thought it would end with a little more clarity about the Orioles’ chances of re-signing first baseman Chris Davis.

As we head into the weekend, I’m hearing that little has changed. The Orioles and Davis’ agent, Scott Boras, are no closer to a deal. The Orioles remain content that they’ve made Davis a fair offer and have yet to see any other serious suitors step up. They’re not going to outbid themselves after making a seven-year, $150 million offer.

With the outfield market starting to move – free agents Alex Gordon and Denard Span both signed multiyear deals this week – ESPN reported Friday that teams are saying that Boras is selling Davis hard as an outfielder in an attempt to create more interest.

Boras said earlier this offseason that not only was Davis the best free-agent first baseman on the market, but given his run-production numbers he was also the top corner-outfield option.

In my opinion, it’s difficult to see Davis as anything more than a first baseman. He has held his own elsewhere, including 29 starts in right field last year and even 19 starts at third base in 2014. But he was only placed in those spots to ensure his bat was in the lineup.

Orioles still interested in Gallardo

The Orioles have yet to address their starting-pitching needs, and some of that inactivity might also be connected to the lag on Davis.

The Orioles had recent dialogue with free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, according to an industry source. Nothing is imminent and that simply means they still have interest in Gallardo as an option.

Gallardo has been seeking a four-year deal, and the fact that left-hander Scott Kazmir was only able to garner a three-year contract from the Los Angeles Dodgers might hurt those chances.

The Orioles don’t appear to be willing to go to four years on any free-agent pitcher. If they were, they would have given it to left-hander Wei-Yin Chen before he became a free agent.

Gallardo, 30, also declined a qualifying offer, meaning the Orioles would forfeit their first-round draft pick in order to sign him.

More on Terdoslavich

There was some Twitter fallout -- I sensed the sarcasm -- when the Orioles announced they claimed infielder/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.

Don’t worry. The Orioles aren’t looking for Terdoslavich, who hit .221/.296/.324 in 92 major league games with the Braves over the past three seasons, to be an impact player. He will compete for a big league bench position this spring.

His greatest value to the Orioles could be that he’s a switch-hitter with minor league options, so he can open the season in the minors and be shuttled back and forth if there’s a roster need.  

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