Lowball history of the Orioles since 2000 in Orioles Talk Posted July 24, 2007 I know people can interpret things many different ways, but I think this summarizes the situation pretty darn well. I find it hard to believe we were considered to have "low-balled" Vlad when we had the highest bid out there and were clearly willing to go higher to get a deal done. The previous year, Jim Thome received a 6 year, $84 mm deal. Before Vlad even hit the market, he turned down 5 years, $75 mm to stay with the Expos. With that background, anybody could see that Vlad wasn't coming here for 5 years, $65 mm. I realize that markets change, but I stand by my position that the initial offer to Vlad simply wasn't smart, and was a lowball offer regardless of what competition the O's perceived was out there.