"Didn't perform up to his contract" is putting it mildly. . What did he hit this year .121? He caused a lot of pain and frustration to the Orioles and their fans ever since that contract was signed. He seems to me to care more about keeping the checks coming than his performance or he'd have worked out a deal to retire in exchange for an adjusted contract.
One reason to keep him around is just in case Covid19 gets worse and the 2021 season were cancelled then the Orioles may not have to pay his full salary. Chris Davis is a walking argument for the owners standing up for a salary cap even if it means a long strike.
Watching Means these last few games, there’s little he doesn’t have in his repertoire now. His fastball was consistently 95 mph, with good riding action. He’s reacquired his changeup that we saw all last year. And his curve ball is now becoming a weapon. The slider is still a work in progress, and he hung one tonight that cost him for a homer. It was his only real mistake all night.
So my question is, is this former fringe prospect becoming a top of rotation starter before our eyes? I realize his overall numbers this year were just so-so, but he’s been damned impressive down the stretch. I’m really intrigued by what he might do next year.