“Who have they failed to keep,” Viviano tweeted?
Today Baltimore will lockup their star center fielder with the biggest contract in franchise history, six-years at $85.5 million.
Just last season, the Orioles signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a 3-year, $22 million deal. In January of 2009 they signed Nick Markakis to a six-year, $66 million deal and inked Brian Roberts to a four-year, $40 million deal in February of that same year.
I suppose you could criticize the Orioles for letting Mike Mussina leave for New York 11 years ago. Even that came after he played a decade in Baltimore.
If you’re looking to criticize the Orioles, you can take a shot at the franchise for not signing free agents. But they have a history of locking down their talent.