"We have indicated before that we have flexibility," Orioles president Andy MacPhail said yesterday. "I don't think anyone expects [Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras] to lean over and accept the first proposal."
[...] "If they came back to us and told us what it would take and we thought that it made sense for us, then, yes" the original offer could be altered, MacPhail said.
MacPhail wouldn't disclose details of his initial offer, but by all accounts the Orioles low-balled Teixeira in hopes he'd accept a discount to play for his hometown team. Predictably, that strategy doesn't appear to be working, especially since the O's are believed to have offered seven years while everybody else is talking about eight.
Whether MacPhail can make his offer more competitive remains to be seen, but it looks like Boston has set the bar -- two general managers negotiating with Boras confirmed to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the Red Sox have the highest offer on the table.
The Yankees could throw a wrench into everyone's plans if they decide to jump into the mix, but Newsday cites a team source who says they're "monitoring the situation" before deciding if they want to get involved. "We may not make an offer. If the money gets too rich, then we won't," the source said. You know the economy is getting rough if the Yankees are concerned about spending too much money.