Tuesday, January 11, 2005

O's: Nats Impacting Their Offseason Plans (washingtonpost.com)

For the first time, the Baltimore Orioles publicly admitted Washington's baseball franchise has forced them to reevaluate their offseason plans.

Hoping to land a premier starting pitcher and a middle-of-the-lineup bat through free agency or a trade, Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jim Beattie said the uncertainty of the financial effect the Nationals will have on the Orioles has caused the franchise to be outbid for players. Without an agreement with MLB on a compensation package, the Orioles are unsure how much they can spend