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The Orioles offered Chris Davis $150 million and it's probably not enough

Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the O's/Davis standoff, the Shelby Miller trade, and Ben Zobrist's deal.

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The Orioles knew Chris Davis was going to be expensive. They might have underestimated just how expensive the powerful first baseman is, though. Baltimore reportedly has a $150 million offer on the table for Davis, but from the sounds of it, it's not going to be there much longer: the sense is that Davis and his agent, Scott Boras, are in no rush to accept the first nine-figure deal that comes their way. That's understandable, as Davis might be able to make more elsewhere, but the Orioles can't let the likes of Justin Upton slip away while they wait for Davis to respond to the best offer they can probably produce.

The O's already committed $31 million to Darren O'Day, still need a starter to replace Wei-Yin Chen, and haven't solved their outfield issue yet. So, the $150 million offer to Davis is not something that can sit around waiting for him to accept all winter, because that money is either going to him or it's going toward solving their other problems.

We're likely to see the Orioles -- and everyone else -- start to make moves on the positional side of free agency soon, at least. Now that Ben Zobrist has signed with the Cubs, both the infield and outfield markets can get moving, meaning Alex Gordon, Jason Heyward, Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Davis, and more should start to see more interest while the lower tiers of the starting pitching market take a back seat.