This season the Baltimore Orioles enjoyed one of the biggest bargains of any team in the MLB. Chris Davis nearly was a triple crown winner this season for only $3.3M. During arbitration this offseason there is no doubt that Davis will get a substantial raise. The Orioles might be tempted to give Davis a contract extension no to avoid the arbitration hearings but they should avoid that for another season.
David deserves a raise for the season he had in 2013 but he is going to get it through the arbitration process. There is really no reason that the Orioles should worry about the contract itself because there is no guarantee that Davis will duplicate what he did in 2013 again. He could have a tremendous career from here on out and still never do what he did in 2013 again. It wouldn’t be that shocking really.
I think they have found one of the premier first basemen in the game. He had a good 2012 which suggested he was on the way up and his 2013 was the breakout of all breakout seasons. They should plan on extending him by the end of next season but because his free agency is still a few seasons away they can wait. The best plan would be for them to wait because they can take more time to plan what exactly they can do. They have time left and thus no reason in the world not to take that time.