Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has had many discussions here at the winter meetings this week, but he has made it clear that this isn’t the time to engage agent Scott Boras on the subject of extending first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters.
But when Boras held court here at the Swan and Dolphin Resort on Wednesday afternoon – with at least 100 reporters crowding around him – Boras said he’s open to engaging in talks regarding the two cornerstone players’ futures in Baltimore.
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Both players are in their second year of arbitration eligibility, meaning they would both become free agents following the 2015 season. And both are looking at significant raises through the arbitration process in 2014.
Davis is coming off a breakout year in which he led the major leagues in home runs (53) and RBIs (138), won a Silver Slugger award and finished third in American League Most Valuable Player voting, while Wieters is a two-time All-Sstar and two-time Gold Glove winner.
If Davis and Wieters go to free agency, they will more than likely go elsewhere.
Boras said he speaks to Duquette two to three times a month, and he had a meeting with him in Baltimore in September. But Boras said that he believes that any serious talks about the duo would eventually lead to a discussion with Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos.
“I’m sure that conversation will be with me and Peter [Angelos] someday, but I’m certainly welcome to entertain it and look at it,” Boras said.
He also remains open to continuing dialogue with Duquette.
“Dan and I talk frequently,” Boras said.” We have a good working relationship, and we had one when he was in Boston.
“He’s got great hair, too,” he quipped.