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Return of Chris Davis doesn't necessarily take Orioles out of contention for Yoenis Cespedes

Slugger Chris Davis has agreed to a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles. Davis led the majors in home runs in two of the past three years, and will remain with the team where he posted his best career numbers. (Kevin Richardson)

In the wake of the news that Chris Davis has agreed to terms with the Orioles on a seven-year contract, it remains to be seen whether the Orioles' reported interest in slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is real and whether there is room on the payroll for one more big-money position player.

The Orioles reportedly made an offer to Cespedes, leaving room to wonder if it was simply a bargaining ploy to get Davis to make a decision. It certainly seems unlikely that the Orioles would follow up a $161 million expenditure with another giant contract for a position player, but it is possible that Cespedes and his representatives will eventually decide to accept a one-year contract somewhere and wait for next year to seek a giant multiyear deal.

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If that happened, the Orioles might be in a position to do with him what they did with Nelson Cruz in February 2014 -- sign him to a one-year deal and get him at a time when his motivation to perform would be at its highest level.

Sure, that might be a fantasy, but its a good one.

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