Chris Davis, Orioles agree to 7-year, $161M deal
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2016 08:11 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis hits a double off Tampa Bay Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Spring training is only a month away, yet the Baltimore Orioles' offseason remains a work in progress. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
The Associated Press
First baseman Chris Davis has agreed to a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, pending a physical, say multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Saturday because the Orioles have not announced the transaction.
Also, the Kansas City Royals and pitcher Ian Kennedy agreed to a $70 million, five-year deal that includes an opt-out after the first two years, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract will not be completed until the 31-year-old right-hander passes a physical. That could happen this week.
The 29-year-old Davis hit a Major League Baseball-leading 47 home runs and amassed 117 RBIs last year.
Davis became a free agent after last season, and the Orioles were his most aggressive suitor, offering a seven-year deal last month. Since coming to the Orioles in a July 2011 trade with Texas, Davis has been a sensational run producer and a positive force in the clubhouse.
Davis has 203 career homers, including 126 over the last three years. He hit a career-high 53 long balls in 2013.
Kennedy went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the San Diego Padres last season. He is four years removed from a 21-win season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and has also pitched for the New York Yankees during his nine-year career.
The Royals sought another starter to replace Johnny Cueto, who signed a $130 million, six-year deal with the Sam Francisco Giants after helping Kansas City win its first World Series since 1985.