With Chris Davis signing a seven-year, $161 million contract to remain with the Baltimore Orioles, the team can probably continue to count on him to be among the major league leaders at doing two things: hitting home runs and striking out.
Since Davis became a full-time player at the beginning of 2012, he has averaged 40 home runs and 187 strikeouts per season.
Last season, when he hit a major-league-leading 47 home runs and struck out 208 times, he posted the third season in major league history in which a player hit 40 or more home runs and had 200 or more strikeouts. The others came from Adam Dunn in 2012 (41 home runs, 222 strikeouts) and Mark Reynolds in 2009 (44 and 223).
In 2015, a major-league-high 31.0 percent of Davis’ plate appearances ended in a strikeout, the most in the American League by 2.7 percentage points and on par with his four-year average of 30.8 percent.
Last season was the second time in the past three seasons that Davis has led baseball in homers (he had 53 in 2013). He has 126 home runs in the past three seasons, 15 more than the next-closest player (Nelson Cruz, 111). But he also has 580 strikeouts in that time, 35 more than the next-closest player (Chris Carter, 545).
In 2014, Davis hit .196 with 26 homers. He is one of five players in the majors with at least 25 home runs in each of the past four seasons (Mike Trout, Adam Jones, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are the other four). The Indians and Royals have had one 25-homer season in that span, and the Phillies and Rays have had two.
Davis' power has played significantly better at Camden Yards than elsewhere since the start of 2012.
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Davis’ contract is for more than two times as much money as what was previously the most expensive free agent contract in Orioles history. Miguel Tejada had that distinction, having signed a six-year, $72 million contract that took effect in 2004. Jones, the center fielder heading into his ninth season with the Orioles, previously had the largest deal among all Orioles, with an $85.5 million contract signed in May 2012.