Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal said only that Miguel Tejada might become available, and that the Angels have a need. Now another source, Joseph A. Reaves of The Arizona Republic, says the Halos are making another run at Tejada.
The Ervin Santana and Erick Aybar for Tejada trade last year was nixed by O’s owner Peter Angelos. With Tejada apparently in the midst of a significant power decline (his SLG is down to .421), maybe the Orioles would be more open to the same trade. Tejada makes $12MM this year, $13MM in ’08, and $13MM in ’09.
Tejada would of course have to be convinced to play third base, and Bill Stoneman would have to finally pull the trigger on a deal involving good prospects.
Even if Tejada slugs around .450 this year, he’s still be far, far better than what the Angels have gotten from their third basemen. Chone Figgins, Maicer Izturis, and others have combined for a .235/.280/.296 line at the position.
Unless he’s included in the deal, a Tejada acquisition would leave top prospect Brandon Wood without a spot on the Angels until 2009, when Orlando Cabrera’s contract is up.