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And the environment, one way or another, was going to be different.
Oh, sure, the basket of money is crucial. But there was a stretch of years there where Peter Angelos was waving a basket of money at every free agent on the market and none of them would take it.
I know about some stories of people with an equal-money choice going to not-Baltimore. Did Angelos ever actually offer the most money according to relatively reliable sources and the player took less to play elsewhere?
Call this the “Courting of Paul Konerko 2.0.”
The first version occurred in the 2005 offseason, when the Orioles’ brass had a clandestine meeting with Konerko and offered a five-year, $65 million deal to the then 29-year-old first baseman. He decided to stay with the Chicago White Sox for $5 million less, prompting more jokes about the Orioles’ “Confederate money.”
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