Teixeira is out there
Mark Teixeira is part of a group of 65 major league players who filed for free agency on the first day possible, which is nothing more than a formality, but still allows the conversation to continue about whether the Orioles should pay whatever it takes to put him in the middle of their lineup.
It's a fair question, since the team's true priority has to be filling a couple of the holes in the starting rotation. But there's really nothing stopping the Orioles from pursuing all their needs this winter.
There is some scuttlebutt that Peter Angelos has told Andy MacPhail to pay whatever he needs to pay for Teixeira (right), but I don't really believe that. It's consistent with the Peter Angelos of the late 1990s and the early 2000s, but not with the guy who has became a big-contract skeptic after the Albert Belle fiasco.
Strategically, I'm not sure Teixeira is the way to go this offseason, but from fan interest standpoint, the O's have to do something to stem the flow of fans out of Camden Yards, which registered its worst-ever attendance this year.
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