Outfielder Hyun-soo Kim is scheduled to complete his physical this morning and the Orioles could announce his signing later today. As usual, it depends on how quickly they gather the results. But there don’t appear to be any glitches or concerns up to this point.
The process shouldn’t drag out as it did for reliever Darren O’Day, who attended a press conference eight days after agreeing to terms.
The Orioles’ pursuit of another left-handed bat keeps bringing them back to first baseman Chris Davis. According to an industry source, a high-ranking official from the club spoke to agent Scott Boras over the phone a few days ago in the latest attempt to seal the deal.
The offer is off the table, as executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed at FanFest, but the Orioles aren’t cutting off the lines of communication. They want Davis in their lineup and still have the funds.
Duquette sat down with Boras at the Winter Meetings, the discussion branching out to include Pedro Alvarez and Denard Span, two more left-handed hitters under consideration to provide more balance to the lineup. Managing partner Peter Angelos met with Boras shortly before the Orioles brass headed to Nashville and spoke to him over the phone on Dec. 9.
The two sides came together again this week via another call, further evidence that they’re trying to make it work, but also an indication that the lines drawn in the sand haven’t been erased.
The Orioles’ offer is valued at $150 million when deferred money is factored into the deal, according to sources, and they’ve shown no inclination to adjust it. After all these weeks, they still haven’t identified which teams may be a threat to swoop in and outbid them.
They also must wonder if Davis is losing patience. There isn’t any buzz beyond what the Orioles offered. At least from the outside, it appears to be a slow-developing market for a player who would like to know where he’s going to play as the holidays approach.
Of course, it’s Boras’ job to keep Davis relaxed if he is, indeed, growing restless, and to find the best deal out there. Davis is happy in Baltimore and his teammates have made it known that they want him back at first base, but he’s letting Boras do the talking.
Boras is paid to negotiate. It’s in the job description.
The 40-man roster will need adjusting again after Kim’s deal becomes official. Who’s coming off?