At this point, with the reality of Mark Teixeira not being signed by Baltimore, the question that many have asked is what will happen to Brian Roberts?
As most of us know, the Baltimore Orioles are in the rebuilding stage and have has eleven straight losing seasons. Moreover, the team plays in the AL East, and with the Rays as defending division champs, and with the powerhouse Red Sox, along with the retooled Yankees, one must think the organization has the task of climbing Mount Everest.
Andy MacPhail -- despite the misgivings of a few fans -- I think has done a solid job in rebuilding the team. There's probably going to have a painful decision to be made with Roberts, and I think he will be traded before his contract is up.
I am going to fathom that Baltimore will offer him an extension, but he will turn it down for the fact he wants to play on a competitive team. His status will be one of many questions as Spring Training is only about seven-eight weeks away.
- The Sun's David Steele thinks O's fans should be grateful for the team not signing Mark Teixeira. After what I have seen the past two weeks, I think that's a fair assessment.
- Dean Jones Jr., of the Baltimore Sun thinks despite the team not signing Mark Teixeira, the future is bright for the organization and things may really not be as bad it seems.
- It looks more and more that Mark Teixeira and the Yankees were made for each other states Roch Kubatko. Despite a good-faith effort by the Nationals, the slugger wanted to go to a winner and that spelled New York.
- Camden Chat expresses the O's have interest in Mark Hendrickson; the Loss Column has a an interesting take on the drama with Mark Teixeira, fandom and the economic system in baseball; the Roar from 34 pens a poem on Teixeira; Around the Harbor knew we had no chance with Mark Teixeira and HRB of Dempsey's Army thinks that the slugger is not worth the money he got from New York; Oriole Central believes fans got coal in their stocking as the O's lost out on Teixeira as does Jay Trucker of the Examiner; The Wayward O believes that Teixeira is just flat out greedy; finally, Joe Posnanski has a great piece on the entire Mark Teixeira saga.