More on Teixeria, the Excitement and Thrills continue!

Peter Schmuck weighs in on the latest_Tex_rumors:

But an latimes.com report that the Orioles are “apparently willing” to offer nine years for $180 million has been met with incredulity from O’s officials. Maybe they will get to that point, but I’m hearing they aren’t close to that yet.

We’re guessing that they are closer to seven years at about $20 million per year, though that doesn’t figure to get it done.

And Schmuck_also_adds:

If there is some doubt on the part of Orioles fans about the true desire of the Orioles to sign Teixeira, consider MacPhail’s response when somebody asked him if he will head home tomorrow feeling like his trip to these winter meetings — which produced the Ramon Hernandez/Ryan Freel trade and an agreement in principle with free agent Cesar Izturis — was a success.

“If Tex signed with somebody else tomorrow,” MacPhail said, “it would be hard to walk out of here feeling liike it’s been a success. I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be a success unless he signed with us, but it sure would be a lot more fun (if he did).”

Wow. Andy MacPhail really wants Tex. I’m used to the tight lipped “We’ll see what develops” MacPhail. So the O’s are all in on this one.

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