O's talk to Tejada, hoping to keep All-Star in Baltimore
Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan spent much of the weekend talking with Tejada and his representatives, Diego Bentz and Fernando Cuza, in the wake of Tejada telling The Associated Press on Thursday he's concerned the team isn't trying to be competitive.
"We had long conversations with Tejada and his agents," Flanagan said. "What came out of it was the sentiment that Miguel wants to play for a winner. Our goal is the same. We want to be a winner."
Flanagan declined comment when asked by the paper if Tejada believes the team can win.
The Baltimore Sun, citing unnamed sources, reported the Orioles have fielded calls from at least eight teams about Tejada. The Red Sox, currently without a shortstop, are one of those teams and they have reportedly offered All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez. Ramirez is also clamoring for a change in scenery, but one Orioles official said a trade of Tejada for Ramirez was, " not going to happen."
Flanagan would not comment on those rumors.
"I can't say if we're involved in trade discussions involving Tejada or any other player," Flanagan said.
Tejada was frank in his phone interview with the AP on Thursday.
"I've been with the Orioles for two years and things haven't gone in the direction that we were expecting, so I think the best thing will be a change of scenery," Tejada said from his native Dominican Republic.
Tejada signed a $72 million, six-year contract with the Orioles before the 2004 season.
He hit .304 with 26 home runs and 98 RBI in 2005, but Baltimore finished 21 games behind the New York Yankees and Boston in the AL East. In his first season as an Oriole, Tejada set career highs in batting average (.311) and RBI (150) and tied his career high in homers (34).
"I've done many things with this team and I haven't seen results, and the other teams are getting stronger while the Orioles have not made any signings to strengthen the club," said Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP (.308-34-131) while with Oakland.
The Sun reported the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Chicago Cubs are also interested in Tejada.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Cubs contacted the Orioles about Tejeda, but no specific players were discussed.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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