Thursday, December 18, 2008
Looks like the Orioles are out of the bidding for Baltimore native Mark Teixeira. The slugger is being wooed by the O's, Red Sox, Nats and Angels. All are dangling deals valued at upwards of $160 million! The Orioles offer is reportedly the lowest bid of the 4. The question is this guy worth it. Admittedly Teixeira is a great player with all star numbers but you have to wonder IF all that dough should be locked up in one guy. I don't think its the worst thing in the world if the Orioles lose out on Teixeira. He hit .308 with 33 homers and 121 RBI's in 2008 for the Braves and Halos. Not bad but worth 20-25 million a year? I would suggest if the Orioles lose out on Teixeria they could go with plan B- Jason Giambi. The Yankee free agent would be a bargain. He hit 32 homers and drove in 96 in 145 games last season. A couple of negatives with him are his batting average, which was 247 last season, and he will be 38 in about a month. I still think say a 2 year 15 million dollar deal is worth it. Giambi made nearly 24 million dollars last season for the Yankees so money probably isn't really an issue...he wants to play and prove the Yankees wrong! What better place than Camden Yards where he can launch drives into the flag court or onto Eutaw Street.