It's starting to look dicey for Scott Boras and his client Chris Davis.
Scott Boras is a gambler.
Even when it appears the super agent is about to bust, Boras has a remarkable knack for winning big.
Think back to last offseason when Boras secured a $210 million payout for Max Scherzer on Jan. 21. It appears as though Boras is following the same strategy with the Chris Davis negotiations. The agent didn't bite when the Baltimore Orioles offered Crush Davis a seven-year, $154 million deal in mid-December.
Since then, there hasn't been a single reported offer from anyone for the reigning home run king. And there's no guarantee there will be.
While Scherzer was a rare asset (after Jon Lester joined the Chicago Cubs, he was the only ace), there are plenty of alternatives to Davis. Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton headline the free-agent class of power bats, as the righties hit 35 and 26 home runs, respectively in 2015.
Pedro Alvarez, who totaled 27 bombs, would also work as a replacement for Davis. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the O's checked in on the 28-year-old during the winter meetings. Alavrez is no Davis, but he'd cost a fraction of the price, and the savings could then be used to shore up the pitching staff.
So, just what becomes of Davis in this forecast?
He opts for the famous "pillow contract," allowing him the ability to re-enter the market next winter. The Toronto Blue Jays, whom Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tabbed as a possible landing spot at the beginning of December, snag Davis on a one-year, $23 million deal ($1 million more than the annual average value of Baltimore's offer).
In the process, the Jays, who are in full win-now mode, make the scariest lineup in baseball even scarier.