SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn't spoken to free agent first baseman Chris Davis recently — such discussions are now between team executives and his agent, Scott Boras — but he doesn't expect a quick resolution to the free agency saga that seems to be plugging up the hitters market and his own offseason.
He said Monday at minicamp that he's "not surprised" that Davis' free agency has dragged on deeper into the offseason, and said it might even bleed into spring training.
"That's not surprising at all the way that camp does business," Showalter said. "It wouldn't surprise me if it went to February. It wouldn't surprise me if it goes to March."
Davis, considered the premier free agent left on the market, had a seven-year, $150 million offer from the Orioles during baseball's Winter Meetings that he didn't take at the time.
The Orioles aren't afraid of leaving some of their offseason business for late in the season, but Davis is a major piece to the offseason for both the Orioles and the rest of the hitting market.
Given Showalter's opinion, however, the Orioles might be back in Sarasota with more than just a handful of pitchers before they find out whether Davis will be a part of the team.