Buck Showalter Comments on Chris Davis' Contract Negotiations with Orioles

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 30:  Buck Showalter #26 of the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis #19 look on during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on June 30, 2014 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Orioles won 7-1.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter seems to have had enough of the Chris Davis free-agency drama that is surrounding his team in the offseason.

In a leadership conference Thursday in which he shared the stage with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Showalter faced questions about the free-agent slugger who is set to make quite a payday whenever he decides to sign with a team, per Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun. 

"How much is enough? I asked Chris during the season, 'Chris, when you walk into a Target store, can you buy anything you want? So, how much is enough?' I love Chris, but if that [his decision] makes or breaks our team, shame on us," Showalter said, per Schmuck.

According to Schmuck, the Orioles offered Davis a $150 million deal earlier in the offseason, but he has not made a move yet.

His lack of action is not sitting well with the Orioles, per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick:

The team made an offer to free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on Thursday, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. By inquiring about Cespedes' bat, Baltimore might be trying to send a message to Davis that the team is close to being finished with him.

Replacing Davis' bat won't be easy, though. The left-hander led the majors with 47 home runs while driving in 117 runs in 2015.

But as spring training gets closer and his status remains up in the air, the Orioles have to do something to ensure that they don't get burned if Davis goes elsewhere.

 

Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.