Orioles: Andy speaks (updated)
If you haven't done so already, take a look at Jeff Zrebiec's Q&A with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Though Andy is never going to give up the farm, there are some interesting insights and confirmation of something we've been talking about for a couple of months now -- the fact that Mark Teixeira and agent Scott Boras made it clear to the Orioles early on that they weren't high on the list of teams in the running for the All-Star first baseman.
"I would say to that we made our offer, indicated that we were flexible and there was never any engagement back on their side. They never came back to us to alter the deal. As I said earlier, I'm pretty confident that they got the deal they were looking for, where they were looking for it."
MacPhail also confirmed that Teixeira and Boras never misled him or hid their intentions when he met face-to-face with them in Washington early in the process.
TV update: MASN released its TV schedules for the Orioles and Nationals today. The network continues to increase its high definition offerings and this year will present a total of 210 games in HD -- 104 regular season games for each team and two exhibition games.