The Baltimore Sun reported last week:
The Orioles have apparently made it to the final four of the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, though it remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to offer enough money to lure the free-agent slugging first baseman back home.
However, the club has made a strong bid, offering a seven-year contract for between $140 million and $150 million, one industry source said.
But maybe there’s something more going on:
Free agent first baseman and Severna Park native Mark Teixeira will be a guest of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos at today’s Ravens-Steelers game, according to ESPN.
Orioles fans have been desperate for any sign of hope with the organization, and it seems like they have been looking to land Teixeira for several seasons now. The O’s have been mentioned as one of four teams that are in the Teixeira sweepstakes, although most sports news outlets have been reporting that the contest is down to the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox.
According to one of the contributors to the Baltimore Orioles e-mail list, the Orioles Hangout is reporting that the Orioles are now raising their offer to 9 or 10 years for $200 million.
Peter Schmuck is skeptical.
UPDATE: Bury the rumor. Bummer. Someone from the Orioles mailing list suggested that it’s a Boras ploy to start rumors and drive up his players’ prices.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad.