Teixeira: O's Offer was Lowest "By Far"

In an interview with B The Site published today, Mark Teixeria talks about Baltimore, his free agent courting, and crab cakes. The most interesting part of the interview, for me, was this (emphasis mine):

Baltimore fans accused you of turning your back when you signed with the Yankees in ’09. Has that relationship improved with time?

I’m a Baltimore guy. I’ve always loved Baltimore and always will love Baltimore, but baseball is baseball, and when you’re playing on the opposing team, you’re going to get booed. The day I stop getting booed in opposing parks, I’m probably on the bench and not playing that well. At the same time, it’s unfortunate that some Oriole fans take it personal that I didn’t sign with the Orioles. Of the five offers I received, the Orioles were by far the lowest offer and I don’t know if they were ever that serious about signing me. We had one meeting and that was it. I’m not sure if they were ever very interested.

So, as much as we hate Teixeira around these parts nowadays (if he wasn’t going to sign with the O’s, could he at least have signed with ANYBODY else besides Boston or New York?), our suspicions that the O’s “offer” to him was nothing but a bone thrown to the fans was pretty much confirmed today.  That bone allowed Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail to say “hey, we tried,” while, of course, not trying at all.

The O’s never had any intention of bringing Mark home.

Good thing they didn’t sign him. That money is going to much better use in the bank accounts of the likes of Garrett Atkins, Michael Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg, and Vlad Guerrero, right?

Sorry to open up old wounds here. I’ll of course still boo Teixeria as lustily as ever, as I’m sure you will too. Just don’t forget who the real villains are here – the nincompoops in the Warehouse.


5 Responses to “Teixeira: O's Offer was Lowest "By Far"”

  1. Matt Says:

    I’m a Baltimore guy and I wouldn’t play for the Orioles either espically if they lowballed me. I wouldn’t play in the American League East though. But then again I haven’t played organized Baseball since I was probably 11 years old.

  2. Goob Says:

    You forgot that Bobby Bonilla is still on the O’s payroll for $500,000 per year too. Ugh

  3. Scott Says:

    “I’m Mark Teixeria and I want lots of money. That’s why I signed with the Yankees.” – Mark Teixeria

  4. Bob Says:

    Are you serious , Scott? Money would be the only reason for anyone to sign with a team known for losing more games than winning over the last 2 decades and no hope of digging out. You get the hometown discount when the player feels he owes the team,”Tex” didn’t owe the Orioles squat, and was probably insulted by the offer,at least make it close.The Orioles Way! (current era).

  5. Scott Says:

    Haha no. Why would anyone want to play for the O’s, especially if they are going to low-ball potential players? But out of all of the other teams available he chose the Yankess, so he can go screw himself.

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