Here's MacPhail's reaction to the Teixeira signing, and after reading it, I don't necessarily blame him. It's tough to see the news from today, but let's move on, get some pitching and head into spring training with at least some improvement to the roster.
From the Baltimore Sun: The Orioles' offered Teixeira a seven-year, $140 million deal and told his agent, Scott Boras, that they were willing to be flexible in negotiations. However despite the fact that Boras and Orioles president Andy MacPhail had spoken several times since the offer was made, no serious negotiations took place. Boras phoned MacPhail this afternoon and informed him that his client, who weighed offers from the Yankees, Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, was going in a different direction.Baltimore needs to rebuild from the bottom up -- drafting players, trades for youngsters -- especially pitching, and locking up your core.
"We'd all prefer to have the player, but at the end of the day, it didn't work out that way," MacPhail said. "As they have demonstrated this offseason, the Yankees have resources that aren't available to 28 other clubs.
"Obviously, it's not my first choice. But look, it is what it is. We still have to do what we have to do as an organization to get ourselves in a contending situation, which can be done. We just had a team win the American League championship that did it that way. That's the model we're going to follow. You don't have to buy your way in."
Just like the Tampa, Minnesota, Oakland, & Florida (ok, an extreme example).
Losing Teixeira to the Evil Empire sucks, but in all honesty -- would it have made the Baltimore Orioles better while paying him $20 million plus per season? No.
Whether he was on the team or not, rebuilding will take time, so let's embrace Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Jeremy Guthrie and the other players who want to turn the tide in Charm City and be part of something.
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