It’s well known that Baltimore Orioles CEO Peter Angelos is very mindful of players’ health records, moreso than any other GM. It could have something to do with Angelos’s past as a personal injury lawyer. Or it could be two massive free agent blunders made in the past by the Orioles: Scott Erickson and Albert Belle. The Orioles wasted many millions as the two players deteriorated.
The Angelos mindset is center stage at the moment, as the health of Cubs starter Mark Prior is far from spotless. As I mentioned earlier, here’s what Buster Olney had to say on the issue:
"Executives with other teams are assuming, by the way, that Baltimore owner Peter Angelos would likely kill any proposal once club doctors review Prior’s recent medical history."
I dug around a bit and got a little more from a source close to the Orioles. He told me that he knows of at least three free agents that the Orioles backed away from this winter after reviewing their medical records. He wouldn’t name names, but I have to think Kevin Millwood was one.
However, the source told me Prior’s medical records would only pose a slight dilemma for the Orioles. He thinks the true obstacle is simply the Cubs meeting the Orioles’ asking price. If that happens, the deal will get done quickly.