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The Orioles made a “significant offer” to Paul Konerko

Dec 1, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

Heavy caveats here.  For one thing, the report comes from Jim Bowden. A man who, in my year or so of following him on Twitter, has one of the lowest batting averages among guys who purport to break stories.

For another thing, the Orioles have been rumored to be in on a lot of top-flight free agents in recent years, but no one ever seems to bite.  Whether that’s because the offers aren’t really as serious as they sound or if it’s because top free agents see nothing at all enticing about signing with the O’s is an open question. I suspect a little bit of both us happening.

I think the Orioles will sign a first baseman, but I think it’s way more likely to be of the Derrick Lee or Adam LaRoche variety as opposed to someone like Konerko.  Which is fine, because after what they had last year, either of those two would represent a significant improvement.

Particularly Lee who is thought of as a great guy and a total pro. Yes, I realize that I often discount such things, but for a team like the Orioles that’s important. It’s a critical time for the franchise.  Showalter showed a lot last season, but their emerging players need some role models too. Lee wouldn’t be a bad one to have around.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    I don’t think they land Konerko – I don’t see why Paul would want to leave the south side in the first place.

    I say the Orioles get LaRoche, Bartlett, a solid reliever and two upside pitchers. And go from there.

  2. Panda Claus - Dec 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Memories of Garrett Atkins is why a cardboard cutout at 1B for the O’s sounds more enticing. Konerko, being 35 next March, be interested to see what terms were discussed (if true).

  3. blacubed - Dec 2, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Why would anyone surprised that his reporting skills are on par with his GM skills?

  4. pogodog7 - Dec 3, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    The O’s will never be a winner while they are owned by anyone named Angelos. MacPhail is a liar and a douche bag. The O’s should change their name to the Cheap SOB’s. It is moot point that MacPhail made an offer. He is only going through the motions. He really doesn’t want to spend any money on a free agent. If you want a winning team, you have to pay the price. In MLB, there is no such thing is a good deal for a team. It is a players market. The O’s will continue to have their attendance to decline.

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