NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette reiterated on MLB Network on Wednesday that the club is still attempting to retain first baseman Chris Davis, but said it hasn't reached the point that the team is willing to move to alternate left-handed bats.
The Orioles have been pursuing other left-hander hitters this week in Nashville by both the trade and free agent market, but Duquette indicated that Davis is still the Orioles' Plan A.
"It's easy to love Chris Davis. Look what he's done for the club the last couple years," Duquette said. "Chris knows how we feel about him. We tell him every day we love him and we've been doing that for four years. … He's had some really good years in Baltimore. It's a great ballpark for him and we're trying to sign him. Whether we can come up with the kind of deal his agent is demanding, that's another story. We like Chris Davis obviously and so do our fans."
As he's said before, Duquette said that there will be a point when the club must move on from Davis, but added the Orioles aren't at that stage yet.
"The way it's set up, these things have a flow to them and you can pretty much tell when it's time to move on. When you can't get to a deal and you've had a lot of conversations you know, hey look, this is far as we're going to go and we can't get to a deal, so it's time to move on. We're not quite there yet, but it's going to be time for the players as well as the teams to choose where are we going to sign up with next year and who are we going to be playing ball with."
Duquette said that the team has made contingency plans to replace Davis' left-handed bat if they are unable to re-sign him.
"Obviously, we'd like to sign Chris, but if that doesn't work out, there are some other things we can do and we'd have some other money to invest in the market," Duquette said. "You can go a certain distance on these things and then you have to look at some other options. We've got some other options in place. … We have some other left-handed hitters that we can go to. Obviously, they don't have the big-time power that Chris has, but we can put together a credible lineup with the players we have now that we have [Matt] Wieters and [Mark] Trumbo and some of the left-handed hitters we're looking at."