Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has proven he can hold his own in right field, but he said Tuesday that he doesn't expect the pending arrival of free-agent designated hitter/first baseman Pedro Alvarez to significantly alter his status as the everyday first baseman.
"I think I’m probably going to be at first base most of the time," Davis said. "That’s kind of the indication that I’ve gotten, but you never know. With Buck [Showalter], it can be a coin flip sometimes. I never expect too much."
The case could be made for using Davis in right field more, so that Alvarez and Mark Trumbo can play first base and DH.
“Having three guys that have played first, a little bit of outfield and obviously me and Pedro playing third … I don’t know if Mark has played third … it gives us a lot of options," Davis said, "so we’ll see what Buck does with that.”
Davis is a versatile guy. He can play first base, third base and the outfield. He has even proven he can pitch in a pinch, which prompted a question about how he might feel facing the Orioles' increasingly power-laden lineup.
“It’d be tough," he said, "and not just because of the power, but I think there’s good balance in this lineup both right- and left-handed. From what we’ve seen so far. We haven’t scored a ton of runs, but you see the body of work. … It’s going to be fun to see what this lineup can do.”