Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
September 6, 2012
The Rangers' acquisition of Adrian Beltre left no place for Michael Young to play, so Young became a primary designated hitter. That left no room for the all-or-nothing Davis, who was traded to Baltimore for Koji Uehara.
That 2011 deal has become huge for both teams as everything has come together for Davis as a hitter.
He's leading the AL in home runs, which makes him the biggest threat to keep Miguel Cabrera from winning the Triple Crown in back-to-back years.
Other Orioles first-time candidates include right fielder Nick Markakis (who was third in the AL outfielder voting at this weekend's update) and third baseman Manny Machado, who is on pace to break the doubles record set by Boston's Earl Webb in 1931.