Today's featured comment
Today's featured comment comes from Ryan, who is concerned about the pace of the Orioles contract negotiations with Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis:
Ryan's take: What have you heard about the SI posting that says the reason Markakis and Roberts are not yet signed to extensions is that both of their reps claim they will not decide what they are gonna do until they see what happens in the Teixeira and Burnett situations? If that is the case, I have come to the conclusion that beat reporting for the O's, going to games, watching games, and everything else is pointless. They just will never win. Can't sign talent, can't keep talent. What's left? People on the net are freaking out because nothing has been done yet. I think they are waiting for the Rule 5 before committing to a SS, to see who is available. I wonder what the excuse will be this year. Do you think local media is way too forgiving to the O's and way too hard on the Ravens?
Pete's take: Welcome to a special episode of Mythbusters. I don't doubt that Brian Roberts would like to see some sign that the O's will be more competitive next year, but Markakis has been waiting impatiently for the Orioles to sign him long-term. I have seen nothing from his agent (Jamie Murphy) to indicate he is hesitant to sign for that reason, and I believe he wants to get something done sooner rather than later. That only makes sense, since he has three more years under reserve. I don't share your fatalism about the future of the team, but I agree that it is difficult to sit through the offseason waiting to see if anything good is going to happen. Now, as far as the local media is concerned, I don't think that the Orioles get more favorable coverage than the Ravens. I just think some commentators are looking for any sign of hope with the Orioles, because fans have suffered so long, while being more analytical about the Ravens, because they actually have a chance to do something this year. I think that's fair.