1B - FA - RET
Baltimore Orioles' first baseman Chris Davis announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday.
Davis spent 13 seasons with the Orioles and the Rangers in his career. He crushed 295 homers with 780 RBI across 5,630 career plate appearances, including a 53 homer campaign in 2013. According to Dan Connolly of The Athletic, “the Orioles will pay all of Chris Davis' salary for the remainder of his contract. However, the $17 million owed in 2022 (not including $6 million deferred) will be spread over several years so that the Orioles don't have to pay a lump in 2022.” The 35-year-old hasn't played all season due to a hip issue. Davis’ hip injury reportedly was more severe than initially thought, and the veteran first baseman decided to hang up his cleats.
Orioles 1B/DH Chris Davis underwent arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday.
Davis is out for the season. He was already placed on the 60-day IL back in March due to a back problem. He has one more year left on his seven-year, $161 million contract with the Orioles.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will open the year on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from a back injury.
The 35-year-year old suffered the injury in his first game this spring and now won't return until late May at the earliest. Davis has 13 years of MLB experience between the Rangers and Orioles. He was an All-Star in 2013 and received MVP votes in both 2013 and 2015. However, he has struggled drastically in recent years. The former fifth-round draft pick owns a .196/.291/.379 slash line with 363 hits, 92 home runs, and 762 strikeouts over the past five years (534 games).
Chris Davis will see a specialist regarding a back strain he suffered last week. Manager Brandon Hyde indicated there is no timetable for his return.
Davis' struggles at the plate over the past few years have been no secret. Davis only played in 16 games last year, slashing .115/.164/.173. Fantasy managers may have been planning on taking flier on Davis hoping this would be the season he bounces back, but a back injury dampens any upside the 34-year-old may have had.
Chris Davis tweaked his back on a fly ball to centerfield in Monday’s game.
Davis has entered the spring hopeful to regain some of that power from a few years back. Many believe he is done while others still have hope. This injury could prove to be a major setback in his attempt to continue to hold fantasy relevance.