The Orioles still feel his price tag will far exceed what they're willing to pay, and they have no interest in being involved in a bidding war. That doesn't mean they won't stay on the periphery of the bidding and keep in touch with Boras. That does mean that barring a seismic change in the free-agent landscape and Holliday's asking price, he will not be an Oriole.Now, there are a couple of factors in the Orioles' favor. Holliday is close friends with Atkins, the third baseman who was his former teammate with the Colorado Rockies. He is also very good friends with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. Before Roberts signed his extension with the Orioles last year, he was scheduled to hit free agency at the same time as Holliday. Roberts once told me that the pair had discussed how cool it would be play together, sort of like a package deal.