Miami Marlins Inquiring About Chris Davis


Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald has reported that the Miami Marlins are inquiring about Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis.

"Colleague Clark Spencer and I confirmed that the Marlins are interested in Atlanta’s Evan Gattis and Clark was told they also have inquired about Baltimore’s Chris Davis. Both Gattis and Davis are 28."

Most people are probably thinking “whoa, slow down for a second” right about now. And don’t worry if you are one of those people, because that’s a completely normal thing to be thinking at this point.

Why in the world would the Baltimore Orioles even consider trading away Chris Davis? He hit 26 home runs last season, and that was considered a down year for him.

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But if you think about it, there are a couple of decent reasons why they would at least consider it. First off, he is arbitration-eligible in 2014, and teams don’t like to deal with that. He also hit to an average of .196 last year, and although the 26 home runs and 72 RBIs might outweigh that, it is not a number to be proud of.

The reasons are there, but I don’t see why the Orioles would actually make a move like this. Davis has not only been a huge force at the plate, where he hit 33 home runs in 2012 and 53 home runs in 2013, but he has also been one of the more underrated defensive first basemen in the league.

In order for the Orioles to even remotely consider pulling the trigger on this trade, the Marlins would have to give up a boatload of players — most likely some of their rotation prospects. In that their current talent is rather minimal outside of Giancarlo Stanton, I don’t think this is going to happen.

But hey, free agency has started, and so have the rumors. Speculation will continue to swirl as the 2014 MLB free agency rolls on.