Chris Davis' contract: $3.295 million to hit, $5,000 to pitch
When Chris Davis pitched two innings and got the win for the Orioles in a 17-inning game in Boston last May, it was one of the early highlights of the Orioles' surprising season. And he got paid for it. General manager Dan Duquette told Davis that he gave him an extra $5,000 in salary this year for his work as a pitcher.
But they are paying him to pitch.
Seriously. Or half-seriously.
Davis provided one of the big early moments of the Orioles' surprisingly successful 2012 season, pitching the final two innings of a 17-inning Orioles win in Baltimore. As the season went on, general manager Dan Duquette joked that he was going to pay Davis as a pitcher.
And he did.
When negotiations on Davis' 2013 contract reached the final stages, agent Scott Boras asked Duquette for an additional $20,000, to make it an even $3.3 million.
"I told him, 'I'll give him $15,000, and then you have to tell him that the other $5,000 is for that win in Boston,' " Duquette said Monday.
Boras kept his part of the bargain.
"Five thousand dollars? That's cheap," Davis said Monday, laughing about it. "But I never thought I'd get paid to pitch, and now I have. And $5,000 is just about the right amount."
Duquette has one more request for Davis. He wants his first baseman to get his picture taken next to the Babe Ruth statue, since Davis and the Babe are two of just three players in the modern era (Jim Tobin is the other) to have a win as a pitcher and a three-homer game in the same season.
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