Showalter says O's prepared for Davis' choice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's been a big offseason for the Orioles, who already have a projected payroll of more than $100 million and are still interested in adding starting pitching, outfield help and retaining pricey slugger Chris Davis. But O's manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that he doesn't think the organization is being more aggressive or willing to spend money so much as it is keeping up with the sport.
"Everybody's going up somewhat," said Showalter. "We were always kind of at the top of the second tier [in payroll]. ... I know we're trying to correctly pay people."
With the reported $150 million contract offer for Davis, the Orioles are showing a willingness to spend. They're also not going to sit back and let the rest of the left-handed-hitting market play out around them.
"Not that long," Showalter said on how long the O's will wait on Davis. "I won't wait forever.
"At some point, he's going to have to make a decision [about whether] that's enough, or how much is enough. Believe me, he's going to make a good call where he wants to go with his baseball and his career and his life. We're prepared to go either way."
Davis' agent, Scott Boras, told a gathering of reporters on Wednesday that the Orioles have certainly made it known that they'd like Davis back. But there hasn't been a line drawn in the sand regarding the O's offer, and Boras is continuing to talk to other clubs about Davis.
Other items to note from Showalter's media session:
• Ubaldo Jimenez will miss Saturday's FanFest because he's getting married this weekend.
• Showalter said the O's are willing to part with their first-round pick, 14th overall, in the right free-agent deal. He also said that there's been "no talk" of trading closer Zach Britton. With the signing of Darren O'Day, who passed his physical and should be officially inked soon, there was a thought that perhaps Britton would be available.
• Baltimore remains active in trade talks at the Winter Meetings, and Showalter said they turned down a trade on Tuesday night because they didn't like the people they'd have to part with.