By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun
7:24 PM EST, February 1, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Saturday at FanFest that the club offered first baseman Chris Davis a long-term contract extension this winter, but that “it really hasn’t progressed.”
Davis, who finished third in American League Most Valuable Player voting last season, can’t be a free agent until after the 2015 season.
Davis said he didn’t think there had been any discussions between the Orioles and his agent, Scott Boras, since last season, and joked that he wanted to know more about what Duquette had said.
“Really, did he say anything else?” Davis asked, and was told no. “Dang. Let me get up to speed on that.”
Davis, who led the major leagues with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs in 2013, reiterated that he would love a long-term extension.
“I’ve said it before. I’ll say it every day. I love being in Baltimore. This is a place that really has felt like a second home to me,” Davis said. “I would love to stay here.”
Around the horn
Duquette also said he has told shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is a free agent at season's end, that he expects to talk with his representation about an extension between now and the beginning of the season. ... Duquette said he was hopeful that the club can avoid an arbitration hearing with catcher Matt Wieters. When asked whether he thought that could happen, Wieters said, “Hope so.” ... Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen said he is recovering well from right knee surgery in October to remove bone chips. He said he expects to be fine for his first bullpen session of the spring. ... Duquette sidestepped reports out of South Korea that the Orioles recently watched right-hander Suk-min Yoon throw a bullpen session in California. A 27-year-old free agent represented by Boras, Yoon reportedly also worked out for the San Francisco Giants. “We really can't talk about the players who are free agents,” Duquette said. ... Outfielder Henry Urrutia said he has put on 20 pounds of muscle this spring by working out every day of the week but Sunday. ... Right-hander Dylan Bundy, who is seven months removed from elbow ligament surgery, said he was supposed to throw from 90 feet Friday, but that the session was canceled because of inclement weather. He'll resume work next week and hopes to throw a session from flat ground in March. His goal is to have a bullpen session by the end of March. ... Right-hander Tommy Hunter said he hasn't been officially told that he'll have a chance to compete for the closer's job, but says it is an opportunity he wants. ... Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who has lost most of the past two seasons to two neck surgeries, said: “I'm the healthiest and feel the best I have since [the 2012 injury] happened.” He is not expected to be limited this spring.
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