Chris Davis returns to the Orioles – Nine to Know

He's baaaack

He’s baaaack

As Jon Heyman initially tweeted, Chris Davis is like Jo-Jo heading back to where he once belonged.

Sources say that Orioles have agreed to 7-year, $161M deal with the slugger.

While the Orioles have lost Wei-Yin Chen, the 29-year-old Davis (he turns 30 in March) is the third free-agent to remain with the Orioles this offseason: catcher Matt Wieters accepted a $15.8 million qualifying offer and reliever Darren O’Day signed a four-year, $31 million deal.

Davis’s deal gives him full no-trade protection and the Orioles are protected as the deal is without an opt-out clause. Davis is the only Oriole signed following the 2019 season.

Nine to Know: Chris Davis – from the Bill Chuck Files

  1. Davis joined the Orioles from the Rangers in 2011, since 2012, his first full season with the O’s, Davis has hit 159 homers, the most in baseball; Edwin Encarnacion is next with 151. Cal Ripken holds the Orioles record with 431 homers.
  2. Since 2012, Davis has struck out 749 times, the most in baseball, 115 times more than runner-up Jay Bruce. Cal Ripken holds the Orioles record with 1305 whiffs.
  3. Since 2012, Davis has driven home 412 runs, only Miguel Cabrera (461), Edwin Encarnacion (423), and Adrian Gonzalez (414) have driven home more.
  4. Since 2012, Davis has an .876 OPS, 11th best in baseball. His 1132 Total Bases is the ninth best in the majors. His 15.1 WAR is the 27th best in baseball.
  5. Last season, Davis swung-and-missed 469 pitches, the most in the majors. Since 2012, he has hit only air 1646 times the most in the majors. The runner-up is his teammate, Adam Jones who swung-and-missed 1428 pitches.
  6. Last season, Davis chased 432 pitches out of the strike zone, the 22nd most in baseball.
  7. Last season, Davis took 56 called strike threes, the most in baseball.
  8. According to the Scoutables app, Davis swung often at pitches down/right in the zone: 74% of 304 pitches there (56% is avg).
  9. According to the 2016 Bill James Handbook, Davis is projected this coming season to hit .253 with 40 homers, 108 RBI, and have an OPS of .866