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O's vs. Yankees for Teixeira?


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How paying $13 million a year for a guy with a permanent hip disability who refuses to retire is not a train wreck of a FA signing is beyond me. Albert Belle's contract is probably why Angelos wouldn't go the distance with Moose and it certainly displaced a lot of payroll that could have been spent on quality talent for a long, long time. The trail derailed on that one.

When he was signed, the Orioles did not know Albert Belle was going to wind up having a degenerative hip condition...and neither did Albert Belle!

If you had been Belle, would you have retired after your condition was diagnosed, and walked away from $26MM that was just lying there on the table waiting for you?

The Orioles could have chosen to release him and eat the salary, but didn't because the contract was insured. They didn't walk away from the deal Scott free, but they didn't have to spend $26MM for Albert not to play, either...some insurance company paid most of that. The real cost to the Orioles was the two years they only had a 39-man roster.

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When he was signed, the Orioles did not know Albert Belle was going to wind up having a degenerative hip condition...and neither did Albert Belle!

This is true. However I would argue that a majority of big FA signings are ones that team's regret by around the halfway point or so for one reason or another that team's might not have foreseen.

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Whose who?

Pick Tiexeria, Markakis and Huff from the stats below; Avg, HR, RBI's

.300, 13, 49

.282, 18, 56

.275, 17, 67

Paying anyone $25MM a year is rediculous. I guess we got a bargin with Huff ........ Peter don't be stupid ..... pass on Tiexeria and give Markakis and Huff the bonus they deserve for producing this year .... just like any business would do!

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Apropos of Albert Belle, did the O's know in advance of signing him that he had a degenerative hip issue? :scratchchinhmm:

Of course not. Everyone knows that they didn't know or else they never would have paid that much for him or offered him anything at all. It makes no difference though because that fiasco caused Peter Angelos to start limiting his GM's spending on lower tier FA signings and most of them were duds.

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