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Orioles GM Dan Duquette: Re-signing Chris Davis is team’s top priority

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said re-signing pending free agent Chris Davis is one of his team's top priorities this off-season.

Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said re-signing first baseman Chris Davis is one of the team's top priorities this off-season, The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.

“He’s had a great year and he’s been a great player for us, so obviously, we’d like to have him back,” Duquette told the Sun. “Whether we can do that in the market, that remains to be seen, but we’re going to try.”

Davis is coming off a season in which he led the majors with 47 home runs and collected 117 RBIs on the year. Davis also struck out 206 times. In five seasons with the Orioles, Davis has 161 home runs and 425 RBIs. He leads the majors with 126 home runs over the last two seasons.

Catcher Matt Wieters, lefthanded starter Wei-Yin Chen, righthanded reliever Darren O’Day, outfielder Gerardo Parra and infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce are set to become free agents along with Davis.

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Davis is represented by Scott Boras.

The Orioles finished the year with an 81-81 record for third place in the American League East.

- Christopher Chavez