Davis signs for 7 years, $161 million with Orioles

FILE - In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis watches his three-run home run in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Baltimore. Davis has signed the richest contract in Orioles history. The defending major league home run champion put his name on a seven-year pact that will pay him $161 million. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis has signed the richest contract in the history of the Baltimore Orioles.

The defending major league home run champion put his name on a seven-year pact that will pay him $161 million.

Davis became a free agent after the 2015 season and was pursued heavily by the Orioles, who finally struck a deal Saturday pending a medical examination.

The agreement became official Thursday.

Davis had 47 homers and 117 RBIs last season, and ranked 13th in the majors with 100 runs. Since 2012, Davis leads the majors with 159 home runs and ranks fourth with 412 RBIs.

Although he's only been with the Orioles since the middle of the 2011 season, Davis is 10th on the team's career home run list with 161.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated utility player Joey Terdoslavich for assignment.