2. Chris Davis, 1B
When the reigning MLB homerun leader hits the open market, many would expect courtship from all big market teams and essentially a bidding brawl to determine where he lands. However, such has not been the case for Chris Davis. In fact, only one team, his former employer the Orioles, has shown enough interest to make him an offer. Davis would provide an offensive boost and an upgrade to almost any team, but many executives question if he is truly worth what he is asking for. With a career average of .255 and a 2014 in which he bat .196, many teams are right to be cautious before investing in Davis. However, with the power that he has consistently shown and the capability to play 1B, 3B, LF, and RF, his massive strikeout totals and low batting average can be overlooked to a degree.
Best Fit: Houston Astros
I doubt that this will happen as the Astros have not shown serious interest as of now. However, with Davis’ obvious ties to Texas and the Astros need for a quality first basement this represents an obvious fit. After cutting ties with Chris Carter, the Astros need a replacement and Davis represents the best available. The Astros have a great young core set to contend for years to come. Davis would simply make that scenario even more likely.
Prediction: Baltimore Orioles (1 year, $28 Million)
I know, I know, this is a very boring prediction. But it is more interesting than one would think. The Orioles have proved to be the only major suitor. Despite their offer of north of $150M earlier in the off-season, the Orioles are hesitant to tie themselves down to such a lengthy and expensive contract. Such is why a one year deal would be ideal for all parties involved. Davis would hit the market next year in search of a more lucrative contract than he could get this year. As of now he is joined by multiple quality bats. But next year’s free agent market is headlined by what will be 35-year-old Edwin Encarnacion, 39-year-old Adrian Beltre, 37-year-old Jose Bautista, 38-year-old Mark Texiera, and 32-year-old Carlos Gomez. The lack of prime-age star power should make the then 30-year-old Chris Davis very attractive to many teams. Big market teams such as the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Red Sox could decide they would like to get involved. And with the rising price tag on power bats, he could make even more money.
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