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UPDATE: Matt Holliday is not going to Baltimore

Dec 17, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

This morning we passed along word that the Orioles are getting into the Matt Holliday bidding.  If they are, they’re doing it kind of like how I write in insanely low bids at silent auctions in the almost non-existent chance that I’ll get, say, an autographed team photo of the 1969 Seattle Pilots for ten bucks. In other words, with absolutely no hope of success:

The Orioles, according to sources, did have some discussions about
Holliday with agent Scott Boras during their negotiations regarding
Gonzalez. Any team would be interested in such a player, especially a
club with a glaring need for a right-handed power hitter. However, the
Orioles are quite realistic about their chances of landing Holliday.
And privately, they have no expectations whatsoever that Holliday will
be with the team next year.

Sorry O’s fans. But hey, at least it’s fun to say that your team is in on the action, right? It isn’t? Oh, well, sorry. Enjoy having Mike Gonzalez close for about three months until his arm falls off or something.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Well, at least by pretending to be interested, they make it easier for Boras to inflate Holliday’s asking price on the pretext of all the competition there is for him out there. Perhaps the Aureoles are hoping that the Borg, with their newfound sense of fiscal discipline, and the Beanbags, with their newfound ineptitude, will then take a pass and Matt will stay with the Cardinals. You can think too much in this business, assuming your name isn’t Bud Selig.

  2. ryan - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    i don’t this inflates Holliday’s value at all since nobody believes baltimore offered, or will offer, a truly competitive bid.

  3. Hopeful - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Orioles fans know that going after Holliday was not a real attempt. We are waiting for a new owner to move forward.

  4. Cliff Forster - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    I don’t think Matt Holliday is an ideal fit in Baltimore to be honest. Baltimore has a very fine and capable young outfield already set for years to come. Baltimore needs a slugging first baseman in a major way, and major improvements need to be made with the teams pitching. The moves for Milwood and Gonzallez have both made fantastic sense and each makes the team better.
    When the teams young starters pan out the rest of the league is going to be in awe. There is allot of young talent in Baltimore, and the payoff from rebuilding the old fashioned way is coming. Why nOt? 2010

  5. IdahoMariner - Dec 17, 2009 at 4:17 PM

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  6. evan penn - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Having the Orioles interested in you actually decreases your value…

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