Fans thought the Orioles shouldn't hesitate to open their checkbooks to keep their fan favorite in Baltimore long-term. And while it took time — like most big-money deals do — the Orioles finally completed their seven-year, $161 million deal with Davis on Thursday afternoon.
The Orioles finalized their seven-year, $161 million deal with first baseman Chris Davis on Thursday afternoon and will hold a news conference to formally announce the signing at Camden Yards at 7 p.m.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said Thursday before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre that he will no longer comment on anything having to do with contract extension talks until there are developments in the matter.
Orioles fans flocked to the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday morning, a trail of orange and black surrounding the entire building almost an hour before the doors opened for the club's annual FanFest.
Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the vote of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but three other candidates were selected for enshrinement, the most in one year since 1999.
Despite his gaudy run-production numbers this past season, first baseman Chris Davis will be an underdog to become the first Orioles player to win win the American League MVP award in more than two decade, but Davis was named one of three finalists for this award Tuesday evening.
But with momentum suddenly on their side, that¿s what the San Francisco Giants did in the 10th inning on Friday night. And Davis made them pay with the game-winning hit in the Orioles¿ 5-2 extra-inning victory over San Francisco.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn't comment on the Orioles' interest in bringing back former first baseman Mark Reynolds, who was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, noting that Reynolds is still under contract.
When L.J. Hoes was called up to the Orioles last September, it was to learn. The Orioles were in the heat of the playoff race, and Hoes -- the team's 2012 minor league player of the year -- was on the periphery.
First baseman Chris Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones were all elected by the fans for their first times in their careers and will start the annual exhibition, which will be Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York City. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado