Both players committed to league

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic --Miguel Tejada will join
the Dominican Winter League in December along with Atlanta's Rafael Furcal.

Tejada, one of the top free agents, will be with the Cibaenas

"One of the conditions I demand in signing a new contract is
that no one stops me from playing in the winter league," said the
shortstop, who won the 2002 American League MVP award with Oakland.

Tejada, from the southern city of Bani, has played in the
Caribbean country's winter league for eight years, helping lead the
Eagles to six championships.

"I'll join the Eagles at the end of December to play one or two
regular season games and later play full-time in the semifinals,"
Tejada said.

He hit .278 with 27 home runs and 106 RBI with Oakland last

There are six teams in the winter league, which began Oct. 31.

Furcal, from the southern town of Loma de Cabrera, will join the
Escogido Lions on Dec. 15.

"I owe in part the level of play I achieved in the majors in
2003 to the fact that I played full-time last winter with
Escogido," said the shortstop, who hit .292 with 15 homers, 61
RBI, 130 runs and 25 steals.

The Caribbean Series starts Feb. 6 in Santo Domingo. The
Dominican Republic has not won a Caribbean Series at home since