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Mentioned in the other post...

 

We're in the final four... with teh Red Sox, Angels and Nats.

 

Boras is implying that regional ties are important... maybe eliminating the Angels?

 

We made a 7 year, 140-150m offer. Nats and Angels are both at 8 for 160ish.

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/basebal...0,3105554.story

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Is it just me, or does that absolutely kill it?

 

As it does the Nats. Which is why you see every analyst predicting Boston will get him, even though it is not clear what their offer is.

 

From Roch:

 

The Orioles made an offer for first baseman Mark Teixeira last night that may have jumped from seven to eight years during the back-and-forth with agent Scott Boras. And it probably isn't their final offer.

 

Right now, we're guessing eight years at around $160 million, but that's just a ballpark figure, so to speak. The Washington Nationals are believed to be offering 8/$160 million. Again, it's mostly speculation at this point. Reporters are making educated guesses and hoping that sources will come through.

 

http://masnsports.com/2008/12/leaving-macp...-not-las-v.html

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I dont know if they are friends... considering they played, what, 12 years apart? I also know that the Sox were always looking to gt Tek back... so the tie doesn't bother me.

 

Also - the O's are offering more money per year for only 7 years... if they add a year, they would likely lower their per-year salary which could just make them one of the gang again

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Also - the O's are offering more money per year for only 7 years... if they add a year, they would likely lower their per-year salary which could just make them one of the gang again

That's exactly what I was thinking. 7/$150 looks a lot better than 8/$160, in my book. Almost $1.5 million more per year.

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Tell angelos to get his sorryass off his wallet, up the ante if he wants to compete. If not..Its cellar dwellers for some time to come.

 

The Orioles are in the running, one of the final 4 teams in the hunt of Tex. Should they pay him whatever he wants no matter what?

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Someone else will, and we'll lose because of it.

 

But still, should they? Dont misunderstand me, if another year or even two are the difference between what we offer and what he takes then I agree the Orioles should have gone for that. But what if someone offers a 10 year 280 million deal? Should the Orioles match or try to beat that?

 

No real right or wrong answer, just an opinion question. Some feel that no matter what the Orioles offer, if Tex goes elsewhere then the Orioles failed. Others feel it is understandable not to try to match what are viewed as contracts that are too high.

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The point Spen is making is that we have to decide what Tex is actually worth.

 

Even with Tex, this team is not going to compete in 2009. So if he is going to ask for absurd numbers, beyond his value, why should we pay them? Because he's a hometown boy and the fans want him so bad? I mean, don't get me wrong, good PR never hurts and I want Tex... but not at any cost.

 

There will be big bats available next year... and the year after... we do not HAVE to break the bank.

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Even with Tex, this team is not going to compete in 2009. So if he is going to ask for absurd numbers, beyond his value, why should we pay them? Because he's a hometown boy and the fans want him so bad? I mean, don't get me wrong, good PR never hurts and I want Tex... but not at any cost.

 

If we are at 160 mil, go 165 or 170..Make Boston overpay..

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Tex has an "enormous attraction" to the Orioles and Baltimore, according to Karl Ravech of ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/...egoryId=2521705

 

Still nothing written... just that video.

 

Schmuck says Tex has a Christmas/holiday deadline... so he expects things to be done by Friday or Saturday.

 

It's gonna be a lot of fun.

 

And as always... if the issue is area... the O's have a huge advantage. If the issue is winning... the O's are way down the list.

 

Gotta hope and pray he comes our way. And Ravech is saying the decision is "getting closer and closer" and the teams keep upping it.

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