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Today's featured comment

Today's featured comment comes from Nik, who is none to pleased with the ESPN report that the Orioles might be falling out of the Mark Teixeira derby:

Nik's take: Well it appears that we (the O's) are about to be the first of the final teams to drop out of the running. An article on ESPN is reporting that the O's are not willing to up their offer and as a result appear to be the first team out... Typical O's.

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Pete's reply: Okay, let me spell this out one more time. The Orioles said at the beginning of the process that they would only be in play for Tex and A.J. Burnett if there was a "geographical" advantage, which means that they were always looking for a hometown discount. That said, the bidding isn't over and they have not said unequivocably that they won't improve their offer at the end of the process.

I don't think they are going to sign him. I've been saying that all along. But everyone needs to calm down. In the past 24 hours, Karl Ravech of ESPN has said that Tex has "an enormous attraction to the Orioles, Peter Gammons of ESPN has reported that it's down to the Red Sox and Nationals, and now Buster Olney of ESPN is saying that the Orioles are holding firm on their offer, which supposedly is well below everybody else's bid.

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Last time I looked, there was no confirmed bid that is all that much higher than what the O's are believed to have offered. I'm not optimistic, but I'm willing to wait and see how the thing plays out before deciding that the O's have -- to paraphrase about 50 comments over the past two hours -- screwed up again or made a low offer because they were never really interested in signing the guy. There'll be plenty of time for those recriminations when he finally signs with somebody.


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