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IF:

1. Millar moves on after this season, or, as I predict, comes back as a bench player, and

2. No way IN THE WORLD we get Tex (I have little doubt about this),

What is the best way to man the first sack in 2009?

Should we give Millar a chance to re-win the job?

Should we move Ramon there (assuming Matt settles in behind the plate)?

Go with Huff?

Shift Mora?

Go with Rowell, Snyder, or Reimold (will any of them even be ready)?

With the exception of the R-Hernandez option, I think all of the above are credible options.

Thoughts?

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Huff could have himself a pretty nice season this year if he continues to improve as the weather heats up as his track record would indicate. As far as "old" guys go, he's one that really doesn't bother me.

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I think saying we have a chance is ridiculous.
No, SG is right, its absurd to think we have no chance.

The team that offers the most is gonna get him, its that simple. Angelos loves the guy, and we have a ton of payroll flexibility.

I don't think we have a phenomenal chance of getting him, as MacPhail is more cautious and the Mets and Yankees will both be after him hard, but we do have a decent shot.

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I think saying we have a chance is ridiculous.

That's fine but you are completely wrong.

We clearly have as good or better chance than anyone.

He wants to be here and we have the money to pay him what it will take.

Those 2 things give us an obvious chance.

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No, SG is right, its absurd to think we have no chance.

The team that offers the most is gonna get him, its that simple. Angelos loves the guy, and we have a ton of payroll flexibility.

I don't think we have a phenomenal chance of getting him, as MacPhail is more cautious and the Mets and Yankees will both be after him hard, but we do have a decent shot.

I think we will be in the running due to the fact that the O's need a power 1st base bat, Texiera is a local kid, there's no one on the horizon at the position within the system, and the Orioles have money to spend.

Saying that, it's tough to go dollar for dollar with the Yankees and Giambi is coming off their books. All we can hope for is that Giambi has a big year and the Yankees feel obligated to resign him.

Texiera's slow start actually helps us if you ask me. If he doesn't have a monster year, maybe he'll be more affordable and won't cause the Yankees to overspend on him like they can.

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No, SG is right, its absurd to think we have no chance.

The team that offers the most is gonna get him, its that simple. Angelos loves the guy, and we have a ton of payroll flexibility.

I don't think we have a phenomenal chance of getting him, as MacPhail is more cautious and the Mets and Yankees will both be after him hard, but we do have a decent shot.

I don't disagree with any of this- I just think the likelihood of ponying up HUGE piles of cash for a 1b is not likely. I KNOW Peter loves him- believe me- but that doesn't equal writing the check.

There are also rumors up here that the Sox could be interested.

Further, while we all love Tex, this is one position that is more easy to fill on the cheap. I think the combo of all factors has me hoping, but pessimistic for a big announcement come the winter meetings.

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Here are the potential FA 1b available next season...

Ben Broussard (32)

Sean Casey (34)

Tony Clark (37)

Carlos Delgado (37) - $16MM mutual option for '09 with a $4MM buyout

Nomar Garciaparra (35)

Jason Giambi (38) - $22MM club option for '09 with a $5MM buyout

Scott Hatteberg (39)

Eric Hinske (31)

Doug Mientkiewicz (35)

Kevin Millar (37)

Richie Sexson (34)

Mark Teixeira (29)

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I think we will be in the running due to the fact that the O's need a power 1st base bat, Texiera is a local kid, there's no one on the horizon at the position within the system, and the Orioles have money to spend.

Saying that, it's tough to go dollar for dollar with the Yankees and Giambi is coming off their books. All we can hope for is that Giambi has a big year and the Yankees feel obligated to resign him.

Texiera's slow start actually helps us if you ask me. If he doesn't have a monster year, maybe he'll be more affordable and won't cause the Yankees to overspend on him like they can.

How much would you spend on a guy like Mark, down year, when you may have credible young alternatives on the farm? Would the Os go 150? Should they?

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