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O's retain slugger Davis on seven-year deal

BALTIMORE — Chris Davis and the Orioles are together again.

The slugging first baseman agreed to a seven-year, $161 million contract with Baltimore on Saturday, pending a physical. The deal makes him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

Davis will receive limited no-trade protection over the course of the deal. The agreement is also without an opt-out clause.

Davis, 29, has been with Baltimore since 2011. He hit a majors-high 47 home runs last season while batting .262 with a .361 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage.

"Obviously, we're getting a good player back, but I think the other thing that it represents is the continuity we've established with our coaching staff and players," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Catcher Matt Wieters texted with Davis on Saturday about the reports of his return.

"I just said, 'Tell me if it's true. Don't play with my emotions,' " Wieters said. "I'm extremely excited to have him back, and I'm really happy for him to be able to come back to Baltimore and a city that really embraced him and I know will embrace him moving forward."

Davis has 203 career homers, 126 over the past three years.

ROYALS SIGN STARTER: Kansas City and right-hander Ian Kennedy agreed to a $70 million, five-year deal that includes an opt-out after the first two years. Kennedy, 31, had a 4.28 ERA for San Diego last season and has a 3.98 ERA in a nine-year career with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Padres.

O's retain slugger Davis on seven-year deal 01/16/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2016 10:02pm]
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