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December 23, 2008

Channeling Scott Boras

borasgetty.jpgSince agent Scott Boras was nice enough put out a prepared statement yesterday responding to the decision by the Angels to withdraw their offer for free agent Mark Teixeira, I thought the least I could do was translate it for you. Here's a between-the-lines look at what Scott (left) was really trying to say:

"Mark Teixeira enjoyed his time with the Angels and was an integral part of their success last season. His interest in returning to the club has been sincere, real and continues to be one of his earnest priorities throughout this offseason."

Translation: "Everyone knows that Mark wants to play on the East Coast, but he has an earnest and sincere desire to return to Anaheim for a three-game series in each of his 10 seasons with the Red Sox or Yankees."

"Clubs are very aware — in particular the Angels — participation in the free agent process does not signal lack of interest in signing with the club."

Translation: "The Angels have been around long enough to understand that a lack of interest from the player should not be interpreted as a lack of interest in them helping us drive up the price on other teams."

"Case in point, the Angels signed two great free-agent players who engaged in the mechanism, receiving and exchanging offers with multiple clubs, while negotiating with the Angels."

Translation: "C'mon. How many other agents use words like "mechanism" to describe this ridiculous process. I'm just totally in another league from all those other rubes."

"Therefore, we are assuming that reasons, other than Teixeira's interest in returning to the Angels, were the driving factor."

Translation: "In case anybody is interested, I have three mystery teams that will give Mark 12 years for $240 million right now. I just have to pick up the phone."

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 6:00 AM | | Comments (68)
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In even simpler words - Boras really thought that teams would beat each other up for the chance to sign his players. Maybe Guthrie's decision to drop him as an agent is a sign that folks in the business are tired of dealing with him. I won't be surprised if he tries to charge teams with collusion.

N is for nauseous;what this whole process excuse me "mechanism" makes me.

At this point, I am tired of all the posturing. I am just concerned that there may be some solid reasons for not getting this deal done. All I know about Tex is "what I read in the papers". Could there be a bit of Ryan Leaf in this guy that no one is reporting on? Peter, what's the scoop on the "clubhouse presence" of Tex?

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Pete's reply: He's a decent guy, but not real dynamic in the clubhouse. No, not a Ryan Leaf situation at all. Everybody I know with the Angels spoke highly of him. I just think he has bought into the Scott Boras method of extracting as much money as possible from the sport.

Great, now I'll need to exorcise my computer.

Peter-
in 1970 the O's had 4- 20 game winners....I don't think the O's starting rotation is gonna win 20 games this year.
I understand you don't wanna sign certain players to 3 or 4 year deals when you are rebuilding, but you also want to try and field a team that is worth going to see. The Fans DO NOT deserve this.
Ben Sheets will be a bargain. You could definitely get him on a 2 year deal with a club and player option for the 3rd year. 12 or 13 million is a STEAL the way pitching is in MLB. Guts and Sheets would be a pretty decent 1-2 punch. If AJ Burnett gets a 5 year deal, then Sheets is definitely worth considering at a reduced rate.
Our offense isn't that Bad. In Fact, add Tex and the whole team is different. It actually looks like a playoff offense.
But..... I mean, is this like Major League? Where is the attendance falls below 1.5 million for the year Angelos can relocate the team? Are they gonna sign ROGER FREAKIN DORN?
Oh, I know........There is some High School Junior that is the sure fire #1 pick in the 2010 draft and MacPhail wants to make sure we get him. I mean, it almost looks like they are TRYING to lose.

Peter,

Funny stuff. Actually well done. I have to wonder about the Nat's offering up more money, when two clubs supposedly have dropped out. With the new Yankee tax bill, they cannot do it. So why would they up their offer when it is down to the Orioles and Nat's? That is you believe everything you read. The Cherokee part of me says the owners and Boras speak with forked tongue, the Irish part says I will drink to that!

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Pete's reply: Actually, the Nats upping their offer -- and give credit to Roch for getting that -- makes perfect sense because they are trying to separate themselves from the O's and Red Sox at a pivotal moment in the negotiations. If he takes their offer today, then he obviously is focused on the money and getting something done quickly. If not, then they are just the rabbit in this horse race.

it's just dumb that he won't play in balt. unless he soaks the team first.

not worth 20m/year.

if we sign him it will be a well-stoked lineup. but again ... not worth it. use that money to lock up nick and adam jones.


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Pete's reply: It's not the same money. They will re-sign Nick regardless. No connection.

Pete,

Boras just has a way with words, doesn't he? My question for you is: is today the day that Teixeira actually commits to a team? I've been religiously following the Tex Extravaganza and hope it finally comes to an end soon.


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Pete's reply: Me too. I think it could end today. If it doesn't, then it could go on another two weeks.

why is it, the further along this goes, the more repulsed I am by Tex and his agent?

slime.

all that said, he sure would look good in the new O's uni's!

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Pete's reply: I think you reflect the mixed emotions of everyone in Baltimore.

I'm wondering if the O's have thought about Adam Dunn. Similar OPS and HR averages to Tex. Sure, he strikes out a lot, but walks a ton. That tells me he works deep into counts. He can play 1st base, outfield, and DH. And, would probably come quite a bit cheaper than Tex.

Even if they don't really mean it, the fact that both the beaneaters and the Angels have publicly anounced a withdraw from the process tells me that Boras is overplaying his hand. It also tells me that he is working for his own money and not for Mark's. Tex should just give him an extra percent and get this over with. I don't want the O's to be in the same position the Rangers were in with A-rod, but I also think that butts in the seats will allow other offers to be extended. So, lets go.

Just saw this on MLB.com: Washington has raised its offer, spread across eight years, to somewhere in the $178 million to $184 million range.

I know you said we should root for the Nats to get Tex if the O's do not, but I have to say if he ends up taking the Nats new deal, and the O's do not at least match their offer, I would be truly dissapointed that we didn't step up to the plate to get our "Hometown" guy who admitted he had an attraction to playing for the O's

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Pete's reply: It was Karl Ravech of ESPN who said Tex had an attraction to Baltimore. Haven't heard Tex say anyhing of the kind in a year or two.

Pete. the "mechanism" of your translation is profoundly and dynamically right on......and gave me my morning chuckle with my coffee......

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Pete's reply: Thanks. Happy holidays.

Pete,

This could perhaps be the start of The Psychotic Sports Hotline.

If Tex signs with the Nats, I've lost all respect for him. He is clearly in it for the money at this point and if he really wanted to sign with the O's he would have been here by now. For once, I want an athlete to be honest and just say, "Look, it's 40 million more, I would be stupid to turn that down." Just don't lie to me and make me feel like we had a chance the entire time. Cal would have never done this. He isn't worth our attention anymore.

Pete,

To be honest, SB puts you to shame in the Bravo Sierra catagory! I find it truly amazing tht two high priced teams, with everything to lose (Red Sox and Angels) have called his bluff and now he is begging. What this really tells me also is that Tex definitely wants to play for a winner right now or he would just sit down with O's and/or Nats and cut his deal. I personally won't be suprised to see Tex take a lessor deal from the Red Sox or the Yanks (who are watching from afar ready to pounce). Ultimately, I think everyone has been used against each other with Tex knowing all along he wanted to play for the Red Sox or Yanks!

Great "between the lines" extrapolation!


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Pete's reply: I think you might have underestimated my BS-ability. If I was playing for $200 million, I might be doing verbal gymnastics, too.

Good stuff about Boras. As much as most people rightfully can't stand Boras, does the Orioles front office realize that it's fan base doesn't think they are really going after Teixeira? Do they care? It would be one thing if the O's had 8 years $160-170 mill on the table, but nobody thinks they are serious with a 7 year deal.

Schmuck,

I am getting tired of all the rumors and speculation. Aren't you? I mean let's face it, if we were to sign Tex it would be a great public relations move. It's a great story and the fans may start coming back to the ballpark to see their hometown. And yes, signing Tex would improve our team. I am tired of seeing these fans going crazy and threatening to boycott the Orioles if we do not sign Tex. I mean, is he really worth 23-24 million per year? Ask A-Rod how he fared as a Ranger with Tex in the lineup. Ask the Angels how they did in the playoffs with Tex complementing Hunter, Guerrero etc. And ask Tampa how they freakin got the WS. Starting pitching wins championships plain and simple. If we do not sign Tex we should throw all that da** money at Sheets and Lowe.

What are your thoughts? I mean sure, Tex would be nice, but we need pitching more than anything else. Tex has proven that he can play, but honestly you look at the Marlins of years past, and the Rays and the Phils and one thing jumps out at you; pitching.

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Pete's reply: My thoughts are, if this doesn't end soon, I'm going to get a million blog hits by the end of the year, but I want it to be over, too.

pete, merry christmas and a happy healthy new year!

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Pete's reply: And to you as well. It's been a fun blog year, er, half-year.

In spite of all the rumors of big contract offers flying around, it seems to me that Texeira's value has been set at about $20 million-$22 million/ year for 7-8 yrs., and that now clubs are just waiting for Boras to come to roughly that level. (I think that this is about the max that Tex is worth too, frankly).

In that context, perhaps the deciding factor will be creative packages that are about more than $ and years. People have been talking about an opt-out clause as a key to the O's chances (and Nats). I know you have criticized them here, and certainly a no-strings opt-out would be worth the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars (although if the economy continues to tank, maybe not). Anyway, could the O's offer an opt-out clause tied to team performance? So that it could be tied to a lack of playoff appearances or winning record in 3-4 years, say? That seems like a deal that would be fair to the O's and also to Tex's concern for playing with a winner.

PS: I am enjoying the blog, Pete.

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Pete's reply: I can see a six-year opt-out, but if you give him a three-year opt-out, you're taking $170 million worth of risk for maybe one season of being really competitive (if all goes well otherwise). The tradeoff for a guaranteed contract is that the guy has to stick around.

I don't understand hatred of Boras. His job is to get his clients the most money, and he's good at what he does. If Boras wasn't the best agent in baseball, somebody else would be.

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Pete's reply: This is true.

Peter-
Do you think Macphail grasps the severity of the Tex situation? What might happen if they do not sign him? Do you think he understands how important it is to the fans, that we land this particular player? That were we want him to be in charge and not Peter, but, for this 1 thing, step outside the box.
Do you think? Is there anyway you could get an interview with him?
Also, isn't it kind of ironic, that for years, all of us fans have yelled for Peter Angelossss to butt out, and now, in this situation, Everyone seems to be rooting for him to butt in. I have seen multiple times postings where people are like, "Peter is now involved and you know he is gonna land our boy".

Thanks for the help Pete. Are there really any GM's out there who fall for this type of posturing anymore? I mean I'm sure Hank Steinbrenner has been wringing his hands these last couple of weeks. How long do you think Cashman can keep him at bay telling him they can't play this game with Boras? Let's hope MacPhail can do the same with Angelos, except in MacPhail's case, he can get Angelos to write the check when the time comes.

You nailed it on the head. It's clear the Angels were never really in the game because Tex wants to play on the East Coast. I'm glad Moreno did this, hopefully other teams will do this in the future. Boras is out of control. I hope Baltimore overpays him.

From the sounds of it, maybe Boras over-estimated the interest in Tiexeira. He may have ticked off potential teams and now he's scrambling to come up with teams that are even willing to pony up. When you really think about it, these negotiations are crucial. It may well set the market for the remaining free agents left out there and at the same time, may send a message that there isn't a player worth 200 mill and or even 20 mill/yr.
If I were the O's , I'd hold firm on their original offer and add a time deadline or better yet, withdraw it entirely.
Teams are slowly coming to their senses and the less teams that are actrually serious 'players' the lower the price. It may well be that the O's can actually sign him for a reasonable deal and still not be strapped financially.

My take is that Angels and Red Sox know that if they get into a bidding war over Teixeria the winner will grossly over pay (a phenomenon your neighborhood economist would call "the winner's curse"). Thus, they tacitly withdrawal their offers in hopes that he will go to either the Orioles or the Nationals where he can do no harm, neither team will threaten anyone with or without Teixeria.

It's called capitalism. Get the best amount of money one can in the market. I don't blame the players or the agent (as much as I don't like Boros) for getting all they can. The alternative is socialism where the government prices and has control of the free market. Oh wait, that's what is coming soon. It's great being back in Baltimore with this balmy weather. Sure beats sub-zero temps out in the midwest.

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Pete's reply: So, the NFL salary cap is socialism?

PETER-
ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY!! PLEASE GET ON THE HORN WITH ANDY AND LET HIM KNOW THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO BUST OUT WITH THE WOW OFFER!!!!!

Pete
Well the Orioles have done it again.
As a fan who has gone to every Spring Training, and watched as it changed from an enjoyable experience, not exactly expensive to what they have now. Now to see the Red Sox or Mets you need to buy a 4 game pack. Now I don't know too many people who can stay in S. Florida for a month. Way to go oRIOLES.

Hey Your Schmuckness - Doing a little rithmatic, I come up with the following:

Tex adds increase of 5,000 per game, and those added people spend an average of $20 each, that's $100,000 increase per game, times 81 games = $8.1 million. So for every extra 5000 buts in the seats, (or spending more than $20/person), PA would recover most, if not all of Tex's paycheck.......


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Pete's reply: That's a generous number, but $8 million is only about 36 percent of his projected salary.

Hey Pete,

Buster Olney and Peter Gammons are reporting that Teixeira's decision is imminent, and will be made today. It doesn't look good for the Orioles, as they say that negotiations with us appear "dormant". I hope you have some late-breaking news to share with us!

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Pete's reply: I wish I did, but I'm not going to guess.

Report Espn, Tex to Nationals or Boston, O's never made another bid. Same crap different day...

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Pete's reply: Glad to see ESPN has narrowed it down. I could have told you that.

Word on the street is that Teixeira is close to making a decision, and the O's haven't even been in contact with Scott Boras. If this is true, this shows they are not serious about bringing in top talent, even when that talent grew up here rooting from them as a kid. Now is not time to wait until the 9th hour to say;"Here Mark, $25 million a year for however long you like!!!" Mr. McPhail said they have "flexability" in increasing the first offer, now is the time to pick up the phone and do it. Otherwise, we'll get a good look at Mark in a Red Sox jersey for the next 5 to 8 years!!!! Time to step up folks......

From mlbtraderumors.com: "Buster Olney and Peter Gammons say Teixeira's decision is 'seemingly imminent.' The journalists say the Orioles' negotiations for Tex 'appear dormant.' They suggest the Yankees are lurking in case Boras offers Teixeira to them at a discount (or perhaps just to drive up the price for Boston)."

Hopefully the O's just "appear" dormant...

Peter-
Just read this...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3789581

We have been had. Macphail is MCFAIL. We have been lied to from day one as I am sure we will see later today.
It has been real. It has been fun. Have a good life. You have been great through all of this. Top Notch. I will check in for Ravens Posts. But, I am no longer an O's fan. This was it, too many years waiting for this one moment and they have broken my heart again.
I hope peopl really stop going to games. Thats the only way its gonna ever get fixed. If he loses enough money that he considers selling the team. Ones Biscotti or Cal or Someone is there that wants to win and invest the money in the team and not his family trust.

Washington Post is saying it's gonna be the Red Sox after all. You got any scoop?

according to espn's site we haven't even been in contact with Big Tex since our initial offer .. .sure Buster Olney's been wrong before. But if it's true, that drive me nuts! Peter, tell me it's a lie by the fools up at Red Sox Programming Network. Please?

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Pete's reply: The O's have talked to Boras several times since the initial offer. Don't know who's saying otherwise.

For the record, it will take me 0 seconds to get over Teixeira if he chooses to go elsewhere. But baseball has a serious, serious problem if the only teams that matter are the haves--the Boston, Yanks, Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Cubs. Then there are the lucky ones that have a couple of good years here and there.

I realize it's been like this for years and this might work for MLB for now but year after year, they're losing potential fans with non-competitive teams. And with the economy the way it is, i think MLB might be next to ask for a bailout. I'm kidding--just a little.

Hey Pete-
It is now clear that the Orioles interest in Teixeira was to appease the fans, and that they were never really willing to do what it takes to sign him.
The lack initiative is completely stunning to me.... The Orioles haven't been the aggressor at any point in these negtotiations. The Orioles never rolled out the red carpet to try to win him over. The Orioles have never done anything to set themselves apart during this whole process.
What did Angelos expect? A hometown discount? Please. If Angelos ever sells them team to a local buyer, do you think for one second that there will be a hometown discount involved?
I just don't want the Orioles to continue to insult my intelligence about the direction of the team, or in their pursuit of a free agent.
We all need to come to the realization that we are out of the free agent market for the next three to four years. If we are unwilling to to be agressive and/or take a chance on someone like Teixeira, then there might not be a player out there whom we would.....

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Pete's reply: If anything about this situation is clear to you, you're way ahead of me. The O's aren't the only team that has refused to bid against itself. They have offered the same annual salary as everybody else except the Nationals. The Red Sox and Angels don't believe the Nationals are a serious option for Tex, so they both pulled out to show that they won't compete with it. So, the O's are basically in the same position as the Sox and Angels, with the same annual salary on the table. I'm pretty sure if Boras told the O's they could have Tex for eight years at $21m or $22 m, they would send him a contract and get it done. What do you want them to do....just call him and say "$180 million" and after he says "no," call him back and say "$200 million" and after he says "no," up it another $20 million...and so on? Do you really want the guy if the only way he is willing to come here is if the team cripples itself by paying him $40 million too much?

What is the Orioles mentality? They have had plenty of time to make their offer more competitive with what other teams are doing and haven't moved. This guy would love to play for the Orioles but not with the offers he has received from other teams. I'm not surprised because this is what Mr. Angelos does all the time. He hasn't realized that baseball is not the same as negotiating legally. The Orioles are not a desirable commodity to play for yet they low ball 2 guys (Tex and Burnet) who actually expressed some interest in the O's. Attendance will continue to decline until this team is sold.


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Pete's reply: If "this guy would love to play for the Orioles," he's got an interesting way of showing it. Do you know something I don't? It's silly to assume that he wants to play here just because he was born here.

As much as I wanted Tex to sign with O's and I do. I am diehard as they get, but did any of us really expect the O's to make a serious play for the guy. When is the last time the O's, by which I mean PA and his revolving door of a front office stooges do anything that actually benefits the O's on the Field and to make fans happy. Yes, The Bedard deal was good and potiental the MIggy deal, but Pa and his stooges don't seem to do what they need to do put a winner on the field and make the fans who are spending their hard earned money to go to O's games happy. The Fans are an after thought. Now the O's are becoming an after thought to the people of baltimore. The decreasing attendence every year shows that. People aren't willing to spend the money anymore to support a team that doesn't have a chance to win and Ownership doesn't care. As long as PA is Owner the O's will finish below .500.
I hope I am wrong and they make a strong push for Tex and get him and they start really making strides toward a winner under MacPhail, but I will only believe it when it happens.

Very sad when you throw 20 million a year to a local kid and he doesn't even blink a eye at it. Really shows the state of the Orioles. Awful

Everyone out there email The Orioles front office. It's a last ditch effort but everyone needs to express their dissatisfaction with the team. The front office needs to hear it from the fans that they wont be spending $ at the ball park come this spring. The email address can be found on the Orioles official website. Everyone needs to flood managements computers with their thoughts and dissatisfaction with ownership

Everyone out there email The Orioles front office. It's a last ditch effort but everyone needs to express their dissatisfaction with the team. The front office needs to hear it from the fans that they wont be spending $ at the ball park come this spring. The email address can be found on the Orioles official website. Everyone needs to flood managements computers with their thoughts and dissatisfaction with ownership

i am done. i am finished. i do not care about this team anymore.

Scott Boras is just a big D-Bag.. It would be great if all the teams would just stand up and ignore him and his players. This would get rid of all the retarded contracts that most teams regret signing by the 3rd year anyway.

As a fine a player as Tex is, how many HR titles has he won? Batting titles? RBI? Slugging? Anything? Maybe a Gold Glove? I wonder, why is anyone offering quasi-A-Rod money to a somewhat better than average player?

Peter- The difference with the NFL is they do not have the expenses MLB teams do. The money would be so CRAZY it would go nuts.
I am against the salary CAP in MLB, as an O's fan, I wish there was a salary FLOOR.
I hate this freakin team.
Also, 20 per person is a very conservative estimate. They don't eat? Park? Drink? The average ticket has got to be 35 or so. So 45 a fan minimum. Times 5000 a game. Thats 200gs times 81 games is 16 million. Another 3 in Jersey sales. 3 in increase TV ratings. Pays for himself.
but, our OWNER SUCKS.

Went to Hank Paulson and asked for TARP money so I could bailout all of the fan base and finally get rid of King Peter, but alas, 20 more years of mismanagement is in the future.

Hey Pete,
I think someone else asked this question before and I didn't see your response to it. Do you have a feel or any knowledge into McPhail's understanding of how it will look to the majority of fans (dwindling by the minute), if we don't sign him? There are cases both ways for signing him or not and this was our real shot at getting a prime FA to play here. This will also show Brian Roberts that he won't want to be put through any more years of this.


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Pete's reply: I think McPhail is trying harder than you think. It takes two to tango. He knows how badly fans want Tex. I think he wants him too. I also think it's illogical to get mad at any team that is negotiating with Boras until you can sort things out afterward.

I have a better chance of seeing Santa early Thursday morning that I do of seeing Tex in an O's uniform. O's fans got their Christmas present a few weeks ago when we got "Baltimore" on the road jerseys. Other than that, just another decade of losing baseball to look forward to. Ho Ho Ho.

ESPN is announcing Tex is a Yankee. Nice job Boras now he will be booed 40 times a year (Boston, Baltimore, and Washington) on the road and if he struggles at home too. Now we can sign Dunn for half as much money and get Wolf and Penny too.

yankees signed tex...good job o's

He just signed with the Yanks.

Peter,
Thats it I'm sick and tired of being an Orioles fan until Peter A gives up the team. Tex just signed with the Yankees 8yrs-170 million, it 's on ESPN. Once again everything is just a smoke screen - Macphail is a waste of time, just like everybody else would be under Angelos. I wish everybody would boycott the games at the yard - and he would lose all his money that he would have to sell the team! Please sell this team and let Cal get a group together to buy them. That is the only way we will have a chance. I wouldn't be surprised if Nick walks the first chance he gets. I'm so FRUSTRATED right now - thanks for ruining Christmas Pete - you are the true scroge.

The players union is doing to baseball what the UAW has done to the American car industry. Boras is a pimp and Teixeira is his high-priced whore. Bald faced greed is the only thing that has kept Teixeira from signing with the Orioles by now, whether it's greed for the greenbacks, greed for the immediate gratification of a gauranteed winning team, or a combination of the two. Any player that hires Boras has sold his soul as far as I'm concerned. I'm liking Jeremy Guthrie more now than ever.

It no longer looks like any teams but the Yankees. See the following:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/sports/baseball/24yankees.html?hp

This is the last straw. I am officially no longer a baseball fan. I will only watch at bats by Wieters and Markakis this season. I will watch no other baseball games including the playoffs and World Series and I will not attend any games unless I am wasted or paid to go. The MLB should just reduce the league to 8 teams.

I have been an O's fan for 25 years, and this is the first day I can say I am not an O's fan. I won't love another team, its just too disappointing. I thought Mark was supposed to hate the Yankees as much as the rest of us in Baltimore do? PA and Tex enjoy the money - you killed baseball for me.

8 yrs for 180 just another reason to hate the yankees. too much money for on eplayer. i only hope the yankess never get to the world series for next 8 yrs.

cmon don,

if thats true numbers there 8 /170 then tex never wanted to play in baltimore.... the o's have stated on more than 1 occassion that they flexibility in their offer.... mr mcphail im sure already had the authority to make that deal its one more year and a little more than 1 million per season more than the o's offered....

the o's never expected boras to take that offeer anyway... if tex or boras called and stated those numbers with the commitment of signing at them the deal would have been and news conference would be at the warehouse right now !!!!!!!

tex was not coming here for 200 million then.....boras would have used that to leverage the yanks or boston anyway....

we have all been used by boras and tex to extract as much as they could from the yanks..... cant you see the light ????????

Boras, Selig and the Steinbrenners are ruining MLB. It has become a farce and personally I will NEVER pay to go to a major league game again as long as any of the three of them are involved. It has become total greed!!!
I have already files a complain with the Commissioner office asking for his resignation.
I think a movement should start to avoid spending our hard earned money to support these three.
If you feel the same here is the address and phone number of the commissioners office.

Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167
Phone: (212) 931-7800

Told ya so. Sentiment is highly overrated, but people can persuade themselves of anything when they are sufficiently naive.

I'll always be an Os fan. But I will never go to a game at Camden Yards again until Peter Angelos sells the team. It's disgraceful that he never pays good players market value. They have only one starting pitcher on the roster; no first baseman; a 40 yr old third basemen; and no one who can hit HRs! This team will continue to be one of the worst in baseball as long as he maintains this strategy...

I really, really believe that we need to do a protest/boycott of the Orioles organization after the Tex fiasco.

Think of this:

On Opening Day, 2009, OPACY will be filled with Yankees fans cheering for their new First Baseman, and Maryland-native, MARK TEIXEIRA, louder than the other Yankees members because they KNOW that we couldn't land him.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Really, let that sink in for a long moment and imagine the feeling.

It won't be like the hundreds of other times when they took over OPACY, because this time its going to hurt just a little bit more.

The Yankees do what is necessary to WIN. Plain and simple.

We COULD HAVE EASILY AFFORDED MARK TEIXEIRA.

So now, we have to let Angelos know how we feel as fans. With a dying economy and a losing 2009 squad, its going to be a horrible year.

Brob is most likely gone.

Markakis will most likely not sign an extension (would you?).

This team is going to be dead in the water for about another 4-5 years.

Who has the money to support that?

I don't.

I would like those who feel like me to send in a letter stating that you will not support the Orioles this year and that Angelos has let you down one too many times.

You don't have to do this, its just what I am going to do.

Who is with me?

Maybe it is a good thing he signed with the Yanks. With the terrible economy we are in with a little luck no one will go to the new Yankee ballpark and Steinbrerner will be stuck with such a huge payroll that he will have to file for chapter 11.

oes any one else feel like Boras used the rivalry to his advantage?Knowing the tension beween Bmore and ney york?Aw man i bet he sees himself getting up on MD!!!!

Peter,

Well done. I think you should write for ESPN. ESPN hires too many biased Yankee and Red Sox fans. We need someone like you in the lime light that puts things plain and simple....just the way they are. You could become Borus's biggest enemy and people in America (maybe even ball players) will start dissing this guy as they should be. We're fed up with greedy posturing bastards like Borus, because we get enough of it from our Congress.

I wish McPhail the best because he is single best thing that happened to Baltimore O's club since Cal Ripken Jr. was drafted. I like Trembley's influence too, and he deserves to win to better reflect his great effort towards improving this club.

I enjoy your blogs. Keep it real.

TO


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Pete's reply: I have to admit. I've been skeptical of the criticism of ESPN and it's supposed New England/New York bias, but last night all the promos during the Boise St./TCU game were "How will the Teixeira signing affect the Red Sox?" It was like the Rays, who actually won the pennant this year, didn't even exist.

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