"I think about it a little bit, but most of the time, it's when I'm just sitting around here [in the clubhouse]," Davis said. "I really like being here, I love the group of guys we have here. I think we have a chance to be really successful in the next few years, but I also understand that it is business …That's between Scott and Dan. Dan and I are not going to sit down and talk about where I am going to be in the next few years."

Davis' job is to crush baseballs. And he's doing it again. In 37 Grapefruit League at-bats he batted .405 with team highs in home runs (four) and RBIs (13).

"If anything, I think he is in a little too good of a spot offensively right now," Showalter said. "He's been pretty locked in all spring."

Showalter had absolutely no interest in quantifying — numbers-wise — what would be a successful season for Davis in 2014. At least not seriously.

"If he doesn't hit 70 this year, he is out. Shoot, what have you done for me lately?" Showalter quipped. "How would you like to end a year with 30 home runs and have everybody say, 'Well that was a disappointment.' We're not. I hope everybody else doesn't. He had an historical year in a lot of ways, OK?"

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters calls Davis' 2013 season, "probably the most impressive thing I have seen for a whole year."

And Jones said Davis' first half was, "probably the craziest half I've ever seen, and one of the top first halves in baseball history. But that was last year, and now he has to do it again. And the crazy part is, I think he can."

Davis refuses to make predictions. Like last year, he's not publicizing his personal goals. He said he just wants to continue to improve on defense, get to the postseason and play as close to 162 games as possible.

He likely will miss a couple games in 2014, though. Because what he is most excited about will happen in late May or early June, when Davis' wife, Jill, gives birth to their first child, a daughter.

"It's one of those rare life moments you get to step back and kind of be in awe of God and what he is doing in our lives," Davis said. "For me, I love baseball, I love our fans, I love the city of Baltimore. But nothing means more to me than my family."

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