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I actually figured that, as a Boras client and arguably the best positional option on the market, he'd ask for something even sillier. In the end, it doesn't really matter what these guys ask for. All that matters is how high the last team standing is willing to go.

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Here's one way of looking at this: The O's haven't had a first baseman worth anything over the past fifteen years, I'd be willing to gamble that we don't find one worth anything over the next eight even near Fielder's potential production at age 35. Might as well pay Fielder and get 4 or 5 great years of production and another 3 to 4 of average to above-average.

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Here's one way of looking at this: The O's haven't had a first baseman worth anything over the past fifteen years, I'd be willing to gamble that we don't find one worth anything over the next eight even near Fielder's potential production at age 35. Might as well pay Fielder and get 4 or 5 great years of production and another 3 to 4 of average to above-average.

It's more like, "might as well take up roughly 30% of the payroll for the next 8 years in order to get an extra ~3-4 wins for 4 or 5 years and ~1-2 wins for 3 or 4 years over somebody we could pay peanuts for."

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It's more like, "might as well take up roughly 30% of the payroll for the next 8 years in order to get an extra ~3-4 wins for 4 or 5 years and ~1-2 wins for 3 or 4 years over somebody we could pay peanuts for."

Or... "the O's have sucked for a long time with reasonable payrolls, so now I'd prefer they have their ridiculous choices now include payroll, too."

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It's more like, "might as well take up roughly 30% of the payroll for the next 8 years in order to get an extra ~3-4 wins for 4 or 5 years and ~1-2 wins for 3 or 4 years over somebody we could pay peanuts for."

Or we can blow 30% of the payroll each year on garbage such as Huff, Vlad, D-Lee, Kelly Gregg, and Mike Gonzalez. We've done this for the past 12 years no reason why we won't do that for the next eight. I hear Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada want to come back, we could pay them each $7 million a year. Don't get me wrong I completely see your point. If we were truly a team that built through the farm system and we maximized our payroll and budget in scouting, drafting and development then I would agree. But if we are going to continue this half-effort attempt to rebuild, at least Fielder brings, excitement, star power, and sells jerseys. And hey after five years or so he'll fall within that Vlad, D-Lee, Aubrey Huff caregory anyways and we will not need to do anything :D

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