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Orioles Out Of Konerko Derby

The Baltimore Orioles may be out of the hunt for Paul Konerko.

According to a report on the Baltimore Sun's Web site on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox's free-agent first baseman rejected the Orioles' latest offer, a five-year, $65 millon deal. A source familiar with the negotiations told the Sun that the team is waiting on agent Craig Landis' counterproposal, and the $65 million offer is no longer on the table.

According to the Sun, the Orioles' original offer to Konerko earlier this month was for four years, $50 million. A source told the Sun that the Orioles might be willing to go higher than the current $65 million offer, but they are hesitant to make another offer because they feel Konerko isn't interested in Baltimore even if the Orioles make the highest bid.

It is believed Konerko would like to stay in Chicago or play on the West Coast, closer to his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan declined to discuss negotiations with the Sun.

The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly offered a five-year, $60 million contract. The Los Angeles Times reported that Konerko met with Angels officials, including manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Bill Stoneman, in Anaheim on Tuesday.


Orioles Enter Race For Konerko

Speculation that they would be making a bid for White Sox free agent first baseman Paul Konerko apparently was unfounded; Konerko, according to one well-placed major league source, is sifting through offers from three teams: the White Sox, Orioles, and Angels.

The Orioles offered the most money, the source said, and all three offers are believed to be for five years. The Baltimore offer could approach $60 million. The White Sox, who last week acquired slugger Jim Thome from the Phillies, have asked Konerko for an answer before the start of the winter meetings.

Via Boston Globe

Ryan To Sign With Toronto

B.J. Ryan and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached a preliminary agreement on a $47 million, five-year contract, a high-ranking baseball official told The Associated Press Friday.

Ryan, a left-hander who turns 30 next month, is getting the largest deal given to a reliever, topping the $39.99 million, four-year contract Mariano Rivera had with the New York Yankees from 2001-04. Rivera just completed the first season of a $21 million, two-year deal with the Yankees.

The baseball official spoke on condition of anonymity because Toronto had not yet announced the agreement.

"We're still talking to him," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "To me, this whole thing is premature."

Ricciardi said he did not anticipate any announcements during the weekend. Pat Rooney, Ryan's agent, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Ryan's agreement with Toronto was first reported by the New York Daily News on its Web site.


Ryan Visits Cleveland

Free agent B.J. Ryan visited with the Cleveland Indians, who could turn to the star closer if they decide not to re-sign Bob Wickman -- the anchor of the majors' best bullpen in 2005.

The Indians did their best Tuesday to make former Orioles pitcher feel wanted. The club put a photograph of him wearing a Cleveland cap on the jumbo scoreboard at Jacobs Field, and the ballpark's other scoreboards said: "Welcome to Cleveland B.J. and Candi Ryan."

The club confirmed that Ryan and his wife were in town to meet general manager Mark Shapiro, who had dinner with the couple Monday night. "It was a great opportunity for us to get to know B.J. and for him and his wife to get to know the city and our staff," said Shapiro, who would not comment on negotiations.

Via AP

Orioles Could Get In Delgado Mix

Marlins first baseman Carlos Delgado could replace Rafael Palmeiro in Baltimore if Orioles officials ? currently divided over the idea ? agree to give up a top pitching prospect, a baseball source said Thursday.

The Marlins and Orioles have not yet discussed a trade, but Baltimore's front office has talked about it since at least the general managers' meetings in California last week.

"Baltimore is seriously debating whether to get Delgado, but they are split over whether to pursue it,'' said the source, who was briefed on Baltimore's strategies.

The Marlins would want a starting pitcher from Baltimore such as left-hander Adam Loewen, the Orioles' first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in 2002 or right-hander Hayden Penn.

Loewen was 10-8 with a 4.12 ERA in 2005 for Class A Frederick (Md.).

Penn was Baltimore's fifth-round draft choice in 2002. He was 3-2 with a 6.34 ERA in eight major-league starts last season.

Florida also could ask for right-handed reliever Chris Ray, who was 1-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 41 games for the Orioles in 2005.

Baltimore also is interested in center fielder Juan Pierre, but Delgado is considered a higher priority.

Via Palm Beach Post

Orioles Nov 2005 Archive

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