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Three years after Chris Davis' record contract with Orioles, ramifications for club, baseball only grow

Three years after Chris Davis' record contract with Orioles, ramifications for club, baseball only grow

Absent anything but a 2014 American League East championship banner and a couple of good years of attendance, the most lasting relic from the early-to-mid-decade Orioles clubs that now seem a distant memory was established three years ago Wednesday: the seven-year, $161 million contract with two-time home run king Chris Davis.

At the time, it was a marker to fans and the team alike that the Orioles were willing to spend money to keep what they believed could still be a championship core together, though it was an expensive marker that seemed to be far outside the market for Davis' services.

Yet as they reach the deal’s midway point, the fourth season of a club-record contract,...

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