Konerko Rejects Oriole Money
So Paul Konerko turns down a 5 year contract worth $65 million with the Baltimore Orioles. This may actually be good news for the Orioles, as they have had some bad experience with a contract of that sort. That's the same contract Albert Belle received to come to Baltimore, and, well, we know how that turned out. If you want to find one reason the team has been the perennial 3rd place team in the AL East it's because of Belle. Getting him off the books was the best play the team made in years.
So bringing Konerko to town--on the heels of chasing Sammy Sosa out of it--may have seemed like a good idea, on paper, but you must remember that paper doesn't have to play every day and contribute 40 home runs and 130 rbi's to the offense. I just feel bad for Miguel Tejada who thought he was getting a star in Javy Lopez who, of course, got injured and basically flopped.
Paul, your instincts are right. Stay far, far away from this franchise.