Just over one-fourth of the way through the 2015 season, Chris Davis was on course to repeat his disappointing 2014 campaign. On May 26, he was batting .208 with eight home runs, but he finished the month strong and got hotter as the season wore on. Davis finished the year as the major league home run leader with 47, and he batted .262 with 117 RBI and 100 runs. He hit 29 of those homers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and he will continue to get the benefits of that homer-friendly park, as he re-signed with the Orioles on a seven-year deal. Despite his potent production, Davis' inconsistency makes him too risky to draft in the first round, but he may not make it to the third round in many mixed leagues.
No player in baseball has more home runs over the past four seasons than Chris Davis. Of course, that production hasn't come in the most even distribution. After a disastrous 2014 campaign in which Davis hit below the Mendoza and served a suspension, he bounced back in a big way and earned a monstrous contract. Davis will turn 30 before the season starts and boasts a career 31 percent strikeout rate that will sting in points leagues. Even with those negatives, it's difficult to pass up on the the most prolific power hitter of the past four years. Davis walks enough to boast an OBP over .360 in two of the last three seasons and is a career .255 hitter despite 2014. You can make a case for Davis as a second round pick but you should pounce on him if he falls into the third.
Davis will return to the Orioles on a seven-year, $161 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. It appeared Davis had spurned the Orioles and their previous $150 million offer, but the magic of Scott Boras and the Orioles lack of left-handed hitters and power without Davis was enough to get the deal done. Davis will remain in the home run haven of Camden Yards, which was the second most homer friendly park in MLB last season going by park factors. There is a very real, and possibly even inevitable, chance that this deal eventually sours, considering Davis' high strikeout rates and defense that is questionable even at first base. The deal is the largest in Orioles history and positions Davis firmly as one of their franchise players.
Davis declined his qualifying offer from the Orioles on Friday and remains a free agent, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. As expected, Davis declined the one-year, $15.8 million offer, with a much more lucrative payday awaiting him on the open market. The 29-year-old rebounded from a 2014 season in which he hit under the Mendoza Line, posting a .923 OPS with 47 home runs in 2015, giving him 159 homers over the last four seasons.
Davis was extended a qualifying offer by the Orioles on Friday. The Orioles were expected to tender an offer, but it's very unlikely Davis will accept. After a disappointing 2014 campaign, the 29-year-old had a bounce-back 2015, slugging 47 home runs while raising his average back up to .262. He'll be among the most coveted free agents, and could land the highest contract among hitters of the 2016 class.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was 1 for 4 with a double, RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Nationals. After a recent three-game stretch where Davis only mustered three walks over eight at-bats, the veteran slugger's bat has heated up again. Davis now has a three-game hitting streak and is hitting .417 (5-for-12) over that span, with three doubles, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored.