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Orioles rumors: Chris Davis, Justin Upton, Hyun-soo Kim, Carlos Gonzalez

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Rounding up Wednesday's Orioles rumors from the Winter Meetings, including the contract offered to Chris Davis, interest in signing Justin Upton or Korean free agent Hyun-soo Kim, and trade interest in Carlos Gonzalez.

Whatever else you might say about the way things are going for the Orioles right now, you've got to say this: They aren't just tiptoeing quietly around baseball's Winter Meetings like they have done in years past. Where last year they weren't in the mix for much of anything and were openly proclaiming they'd probably only go home with a Rule 5 pick, this year finds them riding on a steady stream of rumors.

Now, the nature of baseball rumors, as I will forever implore you, is that probably nothing will happen with any given rumor. We've already seen that play out with at least a couple of rumors from this week's meetings - a couple of days ago, the Orioles were reportedly interested in Milwaukee's Adam Lind and Texas's Mitch Moreland. Today, Lind was traded to the Mariners and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the O's are once again out on Moreland. So that's one put to bed.

Yesterday's revelation was that the O's have put an offer of about $150 million on the table to Chris Davis. Today, we learned courtesy of ESPN's Buster Olney that is over a seven-year contract. It's more clear why Davis didn't jump on the offer immediately - six years and $150 million is $25 million per year, which would seem to be tough to turn down. Rosenthal notes that the O's have told Davis's agent, Scott Boras, they may soon turn their attention elsewhere.

Part of that turning elsewhere could involve looking to free agent outfielder Justin Upton, whose total price tag may end up comparable to that of Davis. O's manager Buck Showalter hinted at that interest in his media session with reporters on Wednesday, saying that the O's "talked about something that required (giving up the #14 pick)" - which signing Upton, a qualifying offer-attached free agent, would require them to do.

Orioles GM Dan Duquette has consistently said the team is looking for a left-handed bat. Upton is right-handed. One left-handed outfielder is Hyun-soo Kim, the free agent from Korea, who has drawn interest from the O's, although they're surely not the only ones who want him.

Another left-handed outfielder about whom the Orioles have inquired, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, is Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo will make $17 million next season and $20 million in 2017. On one hand, that's unappealing because that's a lot of money, but on the other hand, if the O's are willing to eat that salary, perhaps Gonzalez would not cost them as much in the trade. It's also a short-term expenditure, which the O's might prefer as they contemplate long-term extensions for players like Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop,

Gonzalez, 30, is coming off a season where he hit 40 home runs, a career high. That's pretty good, although in considering his numbers, you have to worry whether there's any Coors Field effect. Gonzalez had a .972 OPS at home, with only a .758 OPS on the road, including a sub-.300 road on-base percentage.

It's not only trading or signing to fill holes on the team that the O's must contemplate at the meeting. They also have to think about whether existing players can get them more value in trade. Heyman also reported that in the aftermath of Reds-Dodgers trade talks about Aroldis Chapman getting put on hold, teams have been calling the Orioles about Zach Britton. So far, the O's aren't biting about that.

The meetings will be over tomorrow afternoon, and it may once again be the case that the Orioles only go home with a Rule 5 pick. The difference this year is that at least we know they have a lot more irons in the fire. Even if they don't complete their shopping list at the Winter Meetings, there should still be more left to do.