Baltimore Sports Report: Zach Wilt: Missing Out on Mark Teixeira
At the time back in the 2008-09 MLB free agency period, the Orioles were definitely in the market for Mark Teixeira. Their 1B/DH situation then was Aubrey Huff and Kevin Millar and they were okay. Especially Aubrey Huff with his versatility in the field and a solid bat in the middle of the lineup. But Mark Texeira at the time was probably the second best all around 1B in Major League Baseball only.
Trailing of course Albert Pujols and the Orioles were putting together a solid nucleus of good young players. Like Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and good veterans like Melvin Mora to go along with Aubrey Huff and a good. And talented young pitching staff that Orioles fans finally got to see the benefits of in 2012. And at the time signing Mark Texeira even if that meant a lot of money would’ve made a good young lineup probably good enough to compete and win in the AL East. At least offensively and would’ve put more fans in the seats at Orioles games earlier.
The problem of signing Texeira then for a contract of 100M$ of whatever he got from the New York Yankees, is that the Orioles wouldn’t of had the resources to lockup Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Matt Weiters, Brian Roberts. Sign SS JJ Hardy and trade and be able to lockup 1B Chris Davis with a big contract. And have the resources to keep their young pitching intact. So they would not only be a contender in 2009 or 2010 and not be able to do much after that. Because they wouldn’t of had the resources to keep their young good nucleus in place and be able to add to that.
Because all of that money that would’ve gone to one player. And today we are probably talking about how to we get rid of Mark Texeira. And thats assuming he worked out and didn’t get hurt in Baltimore and so-forth. Because since the Orioles have lost a lot of their nucleus and looking at being in last place for years, they now need the resources to rebuild. It would’ve been fun to not only have one of the best 1B as well as players in MLB playing for the Orioles.
Even if it was only for a few seasons, which it probably would’ve been, but signing him the Orioles don’t make the AL Playoffs in 2012. And have the good young team that they have today that are poised to be contenders for a long period of time which they are now. Not signing Mark Texeira who has been a borderline bust for the Yankees, didn’t make much financial or business sense back in 2008-09 for the Orioles.