Davis arrives, to begin talks about long-term Orioles pact

January 14, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

The Orioles and newly-acquired Glenn Davis will begin negotiations on a long-term contract this week.

Davis arrived in town from Houston last night, held a news conference today, and will spend the next three days here. Robert Fraley, his agent, will join Davis Wednesday. Mike Moye, an associate of Fraley's, also was scheduled to arrive today.

Although he expressed a feeling of nervousness, Davis appeared calm and enthusiastic. "I'm shaking a little bit," he said, "but I don't know exactly why -- whether it's because of all the people, or because I'm cold."

Davis didn't mention the possibility of a long-term contract, but alluded to the possibility of playing in the new stadium that will open in 1992. "I just recently found out about all of the new plans," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing in the new park, that would be a part of history.

"This is a new challenge for me, the next page in my career. I'm glad that I'm going to be a part of a tradition."

Orioles president Larry Lucchino said the day the trade was announced that the club "would begin immediately" to negotiate a long-term contract. However, he also said he didn't want to "rush into intense negotiations" until Davis had a chance to visit Baltimore. "We want to meet him and give him a chance to meet us," said Lucchino, who said he expected Davis to file for arbitration.

But the fact that Moye and Fraley are both coming to town this week is an indication negotiations will begin.

Davis feels that playing outdoors will make him a better player, but he wouldn't speculate on how many home runs he thought he could hit in the American League. "I don't thrive on numbers," he said. "I look at home runs like each one is a flower. You collect a few and you have a bouquet. The way I look at it, I hope to have a little flower garden."

He admitted that the Houston Astrodome was "frustrating," and influenced him to make adjustments in his natural style. "My power is alley to alley and I like to use the whole field," said Davis, who will wear No. 37 with the Orioles.

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