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RUMOR: Orioles offer Matt Holliday 8 years, $130M

From Tracy Ringolsby at Fox Sports:

[Matt] Holliday has indicated an interest if the term is reduced to seven years, the sources said, although agent Scott Boras remains focused on an eight-year, $160 million deal, similar to the one the Yankees gave Mark Teixeira a year ago. 

Baltimore, meanwhile, did make an eight-year, $130 million offer to Holliday, and general manager Andy MacPhail did discuss the possibility of arranging a meeting between himself, Orioles owner Peter Angelos and Holliday in Austin, Tex., where Holliday is living in the offseason. 

Boras was not available for comment and has declined requests to discuss negotiations.

Is this true? Hard to say. One thing I will say is that I've come around on the Orioles signing Holliday. I think I'm actually be in favor of it. But I would not be in favor of it for 8 years. 8 years is absurd. 

More info as I hear it, although I'd imagine it wouldn't be anything more than maybe some local media (Roch?) responding. Even if it's true it's not like MacPhail or anyone will talk about it. 

Update from Roch (3:07 p.m.):

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has denied a FOXSports report that the club made an eight-year, $130 million offer to free-agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

MacPhail said there's "no validity" to it. And he was adamant.

MacPhail and agent Scott Boras discussed Holliday once, during negotiations with free-agent closer Mike Gonzalez, but the Orioles weren't willing to meet his price.

Sorry to disappoint you, but Holliday's demands far exceed what the Orioles are willing to offer.

So there you go. 8 years doesn't seem up Andy's alley anyway.