Sometimes, when sports teams sign players to long-term contracts and pour a bunch of money into the deal, it works out.
Other times, maybe not so much.
Sometimes, the deal can come back to haunt that team.
Most people with passing knowledge of sports know about the New York Mets and their situation with Bobby Bonilla, but that isn’t the only example.
Davis is now retired after not living up to the hype of his contract, but there’s one sad fact that the O’s cannot escape.
Chris Davis, retired, is still the highest paid Orioles player in 2022 – at $23M. He's owed money up until the end of 2037.
— Dan (@DanClarkSports) March 21, 2022
A Payment The Orioles Can’t Escape
Every sports organization has their own sad story to tell with a large contract that didn’t pan out, but the Orioles’ situation here is similar to that of the Mets with Bonilla.
Davis is still set to make a large portion of money this year at $23 million, and is owed money through 2037
This was supposed to be the final year of Davis’ contract.
It’s evident that this deal did not work out for the Orioles and that the richest contract and their franchise’s history still haunts them to this day and will for another 15 years.
Again, some deals pan out, others don’t.
This is clearly one that did not pan out.
And to be on the hook to pay Davis for the next 15 years is something that the Orioles unfortunately can’t escape.
Having to pay him $23 million this year when he isn’t even playing is bad enough for Baltimore, but there’s no end in sight to the lasting effects of this deal.