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It sure looks like the competition for outfielder Carlos Lee has come down to the Orioles, Astros and Phillies. That's how the Orioles read the situation.

Have they made a firm offer? Not according to one source, who says that parameters have been discussed, but nothing is on the table.

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OK, it's a gray area.

If this is true, it could change real quick because Lee might make a decision by the weekend. That makes you think that Lee's camp knows what the Orioles are willing to offer.

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The Orioles most likely would go to six years if necessary, and it could cost them somewhere in the neighborhood of $80-$90 million. That's not the same street where Alfonso Soriano lives, but it's pretty classy.

Lee's agent, Adam Katz, said he's had "several discussions with the Orioles, and they've been productive."

It doesn't appear the Orioles are close to adding another reliever. Joe Borowski, who had 36 saves with the Marlins this season, is a more likely addition than Danys Baez, who could be too expensive for a set-up man.

Yes, there's still such a thing as "too expensive."

I'll have more later.

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