Buck Showalter

Fans get their wish with the highest payroll in Orioles history

Fans get their wish with the highest payroll in Orioles history

At FanFest, the Orioles’ annual preseason celebration featuring fan forums and player autograph signings, manager Buck Showalter sat on stage during a Q&A session and referenced an imaginary bucket. The team would need to take up a collection to re-sign first baseman Chris Davis, Showalter joked, and anyone who wanted to donate could drop some money in.

When a fan brought up pursuing free agent outfielder Justin Upton, Showalter continued with the gag: “That’s another bucket right there. We have bucket one and bucket two.”

Flash forward to Opening Day, and the Orioles now have the highest payroll in team history. Executive vice president of baseball...

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