Orioles skipper Buck Showalter doesn't want the Yankees to be free from Alex Rodriguez's contractBob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Commissioner Bud Selig “is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension” for Alex Rodriguez when MLB’s Biogenesis suspensions are announced. A-Rod and his representative will most certainly appeal any suspension he’s given, but should baseball succeed in a lifetime ban the Yankees would be free from under the huge financial constraints of Rodriguez’s contact.

And that doesn’t sit too well with Orioles skipper Buck Showalter.

“If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” Showalter told USA TODAY Sports. “If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”

Wieters is scheduled to hit the free agent market after the 2015 season. Showalter is right to be concerned. If the Yankees get the $25 million off their books that they owe Rodriguez in 2014, they’ll target every big name available.

“They’re the ones who signed him to that contract,” Showalter said of the Yankees.

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  1. get ’em, Buck

  2. I agree 100%, they shouldn’t get off the hook for making an incredibly stupid deal just because the guy they signed is incredibly stupid.

  3. I hope he’s back in their lineup this weekend.

    He’s a turd and he’ll help further sink that franchise.

    Let this big money deal, along with the Pujols deal, along with the Teixera deal, along with the Hamilton deal, along with the Crawford deal, along with the Beckett deal, along with all the other aging ballplayers deals serve as a reminder to those fans who want “stars” on the O’s.

    Sign your OWN guys. Keep ’em together, build with fringe free agents.

    • If these young O’s get good and stay good do you honestly think Angelos will keep them all ????? NO way Jose……………….

      • Roberts (can’t predict injuries), Markakis, Jones, Hardy, Wieters (got a $4.5 mil rais this year)…Seems like they keep their guys to me. That’s 5 out of 8 position players they’ve committed to.

        Oh, let’s bring up Mike Mussina from 15 years ago.

        For that matter, how about when the let Reggie go back in 1976.

        How about Bobby Grich and Wayne Garland.

        • These guys haven’t demanded the big contracts yet,,,,it’s too early in their life of a basaball player and you know it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Roberts and Nick didn’t deserve or get big contracts , you know when the really good players come up some will be gone because Angelos is too cheap to keep them,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Enjoy them while you can , it will not last,,,,,,,,,,,,,I want it to but it won’t,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

          • Big contracts? Roberts $25 mil, Hardy $21 mil, Jones $85, Markakis $66 mil…WTF is a big contract?
            What are you making as a greeter at Walmart, $7.25 an hr? Now there is a big contract!

          • Nails – spy wants them to spend like the Yankees did on A-Rod. $27 mil a year and then hamstring the team to the point that they appeal to MLB to have him banished for life so they can recover.

            He wants them to sign em to a deal like Josh Hamilton, or Alber Pujlos, or any of the other big money contracts that haven’t panned out.

            These are the facts: Hardy, Roberts, Jones, Markakis, Wieters – 5 of their 8 position players have been signed to extensions.

          • Wieters got a $4.5 mil raise from $500k to $5M.

          • Roberts and Markakis were both over paid , Hardy and Jones about right , but these are not impact players , getting these guys under contract was easy ,,,,,,,,,,in the near future it will not be as easy as we finally have a few decent players that can make a difference , we will see if Angelos keeps them all , I doubt it but will admit I was wrong if he does,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Davis , Machado , Tillman , Weiters and maybe one or two more will most likely demand large contracts those are the ones I’m talking about,,,,,,time will tell , this is interesting isn’t it ?????????????

          • Roberts and Markakis are overpaid, yes but Angelos DID pay thrm so you argument is like you marrying Mystery man, not a good one. Hardy and Jones are both all stars, dufus. Davis will get his, Machado has a few years to go and Tillman has a couple too. You are way off today. Lay off that Dundock water, it’s killing the brain cells. By the way, another stat has legalized marijuana…

          • MGW , do not put words in spy’s mouth , he never said the things you have mentioned here.

  4. Just a thought, extend Wieters now ? Most durable catcher in the game and not too shabby a player. Wieters walks it’s Mussina 2.0, not Yanks or Bud’s fault, not in the least. Don’t shield the owner when you have 2 years to get it done.

    • That’s not true, Matt is a Scott Boras client, he almost always makes his guys wait until freeagency before signing anything. Especially since Wieters isn’t producing well offensively this season, there’s no way he’s going to sign an extended contract right now because his value is low. I’m sure the O’s would love to sign something with him right now. There were rumors about it weeks ago, but then they said negotiations had stalled.

      • If you offer him a fair deal , he will sigh,,,,,the problem is Angelos trust fund needs the money,,,,,,,,,,,

        • MM – His agent is Scott Boros.

          Scotty Boy will be looking for “Buster Posey Money” and while Matt is good, he aint no Buster Posey.

          As much as you seem to dislike Angelos, multiply that by 500 as to how much I dislike Boros.

          Scooter Boros very rarely lets his clients sign prior to entering the free agent marketplace.

          • Starting with the Angelos excuses already and his contract isn’t even up,,,,,,,,,,,,,case close , Angelos is cheap……………

        • What’s a fair deal for a .238 hitting above average defensive catcher? Oh yeah, did I describe Matt Wieters or Rick Dempsey? So you tell me what is fair. I am thing $56 mil / 7 yrs. That is fair. I bet Wieters and Boras are looking for over $100 mil…

        • What’s a fair deal for the 2013 version of Rick Dempsey?
          What is the fair value of Mystery Man, Ravens2488 and Spy? I would give you St James Place, B&O Railroad and Water Works and that’s overpaying….

      • Sorry, didn’t see your post. I just said the same thing, below.

  5. Spy, Mystery Man, Dew Jay… All I hear are excuses by the Oriole Apologists, MGW, 3inchnails and Nick…

    Here’s a couple…

    Wieters is a Boros guy, boo hoo…
    Roberts (Can’t predict injuries)

    You talk about Wieters signing an extension. You know why? Because Wieters HAD to! He is LOCKED into the Orioles for 2 more years… You try making like Angelos made a steal on Wieters by extending him. Wieters HAD to sign an extension….

    You got MGW saying “Sign your own guys”… Because he knows that Angelos WON’T sign “other” guys…

    They keep brining up Arod, Pujols, Hamilton as examples of why the Orioles don’t get into the FA market…

    How about bringing up Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Beltre, Adrian Gonzalez when they were FA’s? So we can toss names right back… All you Apologists do is “Pick & Choose” your stats or players… It goes both ways…


  6. I agree 2488, you go both ways.

    Cabrera is a drunken wife beater, just what we need. Beltre is a roider and Gonzalez couldn’t take the heat in Boston and is average at best. hunter would have been a good pick up but where do you play him, dildo?

    wieters is a below hitting, good defensive catcher, aka Rick Dempsey, so how much would you pay him? Handy Man….

  7. Actually 9incher, I go 3 ways… You forgot the Chow factor… Him, Her, Chow…

    • Don’t get the incher too excited , he dreams of Chow every night and wants to share a Harvey’s sub with him as they spend the night together…………………

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