Uh, cuz he sucks and he's owed $90+ million between now and 2022?
this is Pedro's quote from the other thread in response to "why do you want to move the contract" For whatever reason, the full quote formatting didn't copy.
For any of these discussions I think it's important to still be the Orioles. I don't really share what I'd do, I share what I think I could get away with (in terms of opportunity) if I was making the calls under the Orioles structure. They have sets of rules they use and have used for a long time. Some may argue that's not fact, but if we were in court, every piece of evidence would suggest it's enough to be correct.
We've also seem the Orioles spend something north of 150M on payroll. That's more than many people thought they'd commit, but it does fall into the structure I'd suggest the Orioles follow. That is: player contracts are viewed at an individual level, not a collective level. If the Orioles meet their perceived value (whatever internal assessment they use) then you keep signing guys.
That brings you to limit. There is certainly (likely) some aggregate limit to what the Orioles are willing to do. We saw them dump CompBal picks to shed minor money.
My response to Pedro's question is you aren't even close to the area where the 17M per year makes any difference in what you can do.
Davis' contract doesn't prevent you from adding any player that meets your individual cost assessment and you aren't anywhere near a ceiling that would prevent you from investing resources in any other part of the organization, including player payroll.
Even if the Orioles 'poured' money into staff and scouting and development and IFA and hit their 15% add in the Rule 4, it's still no-where near what they're capable of spending.
Losing Davis' contract with Machado or any other combination of players doesn't create any opportunity you don't already have.
You don't need to shed his contract to do anything else. There's plenty of room.