Deal reportedly worth $72 million

Updated: December 16, 2003, 1:15 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Luis Aparicio. Mark Belanger. Cal Ripken.

And now, Miguel Tejada.

The Baltimore Orioles added another star shortstop to an already impressive line on Sunday when they signed the former AL MVP to the longest and richest contract of the offseason so far.

"The cornerstone of the Orioles through the years has been our shortstops," said Baltimore vice president Mike Flanagan, a former teammate of both Belanger and Ripken. "And he certainly fits in that mold."


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