Orioles in on Teixeira, but...
No one should be surprised that speculation about Mark Teixeira (right) has heated up considerably in the wake of the news that the Yankees have agreed to terms on a seven-year, $161 million with free agent pitcher C.C. Sabathia, but I think it is taking on a life of its own.
Here's what we think we know. Orioles beat writer Jeff Zrebiec was told by a source that the Orioles did meet with agent Scott Boras last night and it appears that the club made a proposal for Teixeira. But an latimes.com report that the Orioles are "apparently willing" to offer nine years for $180 million has been met with incredulity from O's officials. Maybe they will get to that point, but I'm hearing they aren't close to that yet.
We're guessing that they are closer to seven years at about $20 million per year, though that doesn't figure to get it done.
Keep in mind that it is in the interest of the player and the agent to have a giant number on the street, especially after Sabathia got an average of $23 million per year from the Yankees. Boras is a competitive guy, so you can bet he's going to try to beat that average salary, which probably doesn't bode well for Tex coming to Baltimore.
I guess it's appropriate that we're in Las Vegas, because the price of poker seems to have gone up.
Coming up on the program...maybe: There's some talk that Boras will make himself available to the media at 4 p.m. PST today, but that is unconfirmed.