Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis retires, citing hip injury
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is calling it a career. Davis, 35, released a statement Thursday stating he was walking away from the game after 13 seasons.
In his statement, Davis noted a hip injury played into his decision to retire. He thanked the Orioles fans for “the many memories that I will cherish forever.”
That hip injury was reportedly more serious than Davis thought, according to Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
Davis retired with one year left on his much-maligned seven-year, $161 million contract. Davis will not forfeit his remaining salary, however. He renegotiated a deal with the Orioles that will defer that money over several years.
By retiring, Davis gives the team an extra roster spot next season. With the restructure, the Orioles will cut a fair chunk of money from their payroll in 2022.