O's general manager Dan Duquette happy with his club
SARASOTA, Fla. – Chris Davis doesn’t care about strikeouts.
Last season, Davis led the Orioles with 169 strikeouts. He also led the team with 33 home runs.
“I'm not a guy who's going to walk 80-100 times. I'm going to swing and go up there and put runs on the board, " Davis said.
This year, Davis moves to first base. Last year, there were many games as the designated hitter, some in the outfield—a major league first for him—and some less than memorable ones at first base.
“We're going to do whatever we can to make sure that doesn't happen again," Davis said.
Mark Reynolds, who played first in 2012, is gone, and the Orioles have faith that Davis can be a better than average defender. He likes to remind people that when he came from Texas in 2011, he carried the reputation as a better-than-average defender. This year, Davis feels he’s recaptured that feeling.
“After the second day of drills, I felt like, I just felt a lot smoother, a lot more confident there," Davis said.
As long as he does well at first base, the strikeouts don’t matter.
"I think there have been conversations about me being more aggressive in the strike zone, but that's one thing I love about playing here is we're not trying to do everything perfect,” Davis said.
“Our shtick last year was, it wasn't always pretty, but we got the job done. It's kind of a working class team look. As long as I'm producing at the plate and I'm not seeing three pitches and sitting down, they'll be happy."
NOTES: The Orioles signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Jacob and left-handed pitcher Harry Marino to minor league contracts. The signings were first reported by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. Kyle Hudson, who played with the Orioles in 2011, has also been signed to a minor league contract.