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Samuel speaks about his decision

Juan Samuel had a teleconference with reporters this afternoon, and I asked him about what happened with the Orioles, whom he was expected to join as a third base coach last week.

Simply put, Samuel said the sides could never reach a contractual agreement. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed the same thing today.

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There was a two-year deal on the table, but the money was too far apart. And as negotiations dragged on, the Philadelphia Phillies entered the picture. And Samuel, who played his first six-plus of 16 major league seasons with the Phillies, couldn't resist going back to his first baseball home.

Keep in mind, coaches get playoff bonuses, too. So on top of base salary, Samuel had the added incentive of joining the Phillies, an annual candidate to make the postseason. The Orioles can't necessarily boast the same thing.

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Here are some of Samuel's quotes from today:

"We talked about my role, what it would be, and I talked to Buck [Showalter]," Samuel said. "Things just didn't pan out the way I wanted it to be. And then later, here, Philly came into the picture through my agent Rex Gary … and then things developed quickly."

"It was a decision that I had to do with my heart -- that had a lot to do with it. I feel like that the decision [had to be] made. It was very unfortunate that things didn't work out, on one hand, with Baltimore, but we just couldn't [agree] to the contract situation in Baltimore."

Samuel added: "Time is crucial here for everybody and the contract situation continued to drag out and we could not agree to things, and [so] I decided we have to go a different way."

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