How the Chris Davis deal got done 

June, 22, 2013
Chris Davis’ major league salary was a little more than $400,000 when the Baltimore Orioles acquired him in their deal with the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2011, but really, it came down to money -- but not his money, which now looks crazy, considering how Davis is arguably the most productive player in the big leagues in 2013.

The Orioles and Rangers had haggled over terms of the deal, and the last question was not whether Texas could part with Davis but whether Baltimore would kick in $2 million to offset the salary of Koji Uehara. The Rangers had agreed to trade Tommy Hunter and Davis, but wanted and needed Andy MacPhail -- who was the team’s GM at the time -- to add cash, something he had rarely done through the years.

But this was a case when the Orioles were both lucky and good. They benefited from the fact that Baltimore manager Buck Showalter had previously worked with the Rangers and knew trusted evaluators who knew Davis, so he lobbied for the acquisition. If Penn State is known as Linebacker University, Showalter once said, the Rangers would be known as a first baseman factory because, through the years, they have developed Mark Teixeira, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Smoak, Mitch Moreland and Davis.