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I don't like Davis defense at 1st at all. He kept on dropping the baseball, it was ridiculous.

I agree. He didn't look good at first last year. Reynolds was much better on defense at 1B. I guess Chris would have work hard on his defense and see if he could improve. DD and Buck have both said they think he can be good a 1B. Defense is important to the O's.

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I agree. He didn't look good at first last year. Reynolds was much better on defense at 1B. I guess Chris would have work hard on his defense and see if he could improve. DD and Buck have both said they think he can be good a 1B. Defense is important to the O's.

We've seen Davis is an above average athlete, I think with a whole offseason, and spring training at 1st he could become average.

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We've seen Davis is an above average athlete, I think with a whole offseason, and spring training at 1st he could become average.

Yeah, I agree with this. His problem seemed to be dropping fairly easy balls thrown at him. Sometimes amazingly easy throws. He otherwise seemed fine at first base imo. I'm not sure how much he can do to "work on that", and I'm guessing it's just one of those things and/or a lack of focus. I don't recall him having a rep for that. In fact his defensive rep at first was pretty good. He's certainly athletic enough.

People were dogging Reynolds pretty hard in his first 20-25 games at first as I recall.

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Will the Orioles take a shot and sign Josh Hamilton in left field? I know it's a lot of money, but they could use a bat like that.

-- Steve N., Baltimore

The short answer is no. Hamilton -- considered the premier position player free agent this winter -- is reportedly asking for a seven-year, $175 million deal, a commitment that is well out of the Orioles' price range and could be crippling for the organization in the long-term. Would his bat help? Absolutely. But Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations, has stated that he believes the team can be competitive within its current payroll, and adding a bat like Hamilton -- even if his price falls -- doesn't mesh with that kind of thinking.

Hamilton will be 32 in March, and he struggled offensively and defensively down the stretch this past season, garnering boos from Rangers fans. Although he's clearly a special talent, there's really no telling how his past personal struggles and history of injury will play out over the course of a multiyear deal, and the O's just don't have the kind of payroll flexibility to take on that large of a financial risk. They have 15 arbitration-eligible players, and that -- coupled with long-term salaries of such players as Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis -- will push the 2013 payroll as it is.

Outfielder Nolan Reimold is expected to be healthy this spring, and the organization will make a strong push to re-sign free agent Nate McLouth, who would return provided the two sides reach a fair agreement. McLouth is a big comfort guy who excelled with the Orioles after being released by the Pirates in May, and manager Buck Showalter -- along with bench coach John Russell -- are both strong supporters of the former Gold Glove winner.

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Yeah, I agree with this. His problem seemed to be dropping fairly easy balls thrown at him. Sometimes amazingly easy throws. He otherwise seemed fine at first base imo. I'm not sure how much he can do to "work on that", and I'm guessing it's just one of those things and/or a lack of focus. I don't recall him having a rep for that. In fact his defensive rep at first was pretty good. He's certainly athletic enough.

People were dogging Reynolds pretty hard in his first 20-25 games at first as I recall.

Davis had 223 MLB and 150 MiLB games at first before this season started.

Reynolds had 78 and 8 respectively.

Davis has played more then enough at first that he shouldn't have been having the issues he was this season.

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Davis had 223 MLB and 150 MiLB games at first before this season started.

Reynolds had 78 and 8 respectively.

Davis has played more then enough at first that he shouldn't have been having the issues he was this season.

I'm certain they want Butler to play some 1B as well.

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