Do you believe the O's will spend the kind of money it'll take to keep him?
I have my doubts, but I think it could happen. The reason I think there's a chance, is because we're talking about a generational talent. That's something this ownership group has never dealt with before; so there's no precedent for how they will respond. They had Ripken, but by the time Angelos came in, Cal was already a long time veteran, under contract, and he was willing to give the hometown discount. Also, they ponied up to keep Davis and O'Day. Davis is worth mentioning, because of all the money he got. O'Day is worth mentioning, because they paid him market money and went an extra year on his contract, to keep him. Plus, Manny approached the team with an offer. So I think he really likes Baltimore, and would be willing to offer a discount.
On the other hand, someone with the team was crying poor on the radio yesterday. They were spouting their usual, "We can't compete financially with NY & Boston".
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli