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Giants, Astros Interested In Miguel Tejada

Friend of MLBTR Jeff Zrebiec reports on the Orioles Winter Meetings situation.  All Orioles are available, and Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard figure to be in all sorts of rumors.

A few days ago Zrebiec named the Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Angels, and Dodgers as the teams that have inquired on Bedard.  Today he adds the Diamondbacks to that list.

As for Tejada, we know he's a fallback option if the Halos can't acquire Miguel Cabrera.  One new one is the Giants, who have an opening at third base.  The Orioles won't pry Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum loose, but maybe Jonathan Sanchez would be a start.  Hard to see the two teams matching up though.  Plus Tejada makes little sense for the Giants. 

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman confirms the Giants' interest and adds the Astros to the mix.  They've been interested in before, but Roy Oswalt was a part of those talks way back when.  These days the O's have interest in Adam Everett, Michael Bourn, and various prospects.  Hopefully they can do better than that!

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I don't see the interest. How about they get interested in someone thats not on the decline, for a change.

The Giants should focus on retooling for its future and not worry about 2008.

I guess management would prefer 65 wins, rather than 60. Brian Sabean and the Giants organization continue to value veterans, when they should be stockpiling prospects for their future.

The way I remember it, Oswalt was never seriously offered, but offered to see if any sort of package would entice the Orioles to trade. They rejected, and the Astros realized that they were wasting their time.

I can see this making sense for the Giants but no way for the Astros. The Giants could start with Fred Lewis, Kevin Correia and Jon Sanchez and see what happens from there. Nate Scheurholz(sp) could also be easily used.

Tejada makes sense...you can't have a team with all kids, there has to be some kind of balance...

They still need to fill the seats, so a big name is needed. If they can add Tejada and Fukudome, they can actually compete this year..

If you mean the Astros, I disagree. They already have a capable shortstop and third basemen, plus they have Lee and Berkman to hit with thunder and put fans in the seats, lead etc.

obviously he's talking about the Giants

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I can see this making sense for the Giants but no way for the Astros. The Giants could start with Fred Lewis, Kevin Correia and Jon Sanchez and see what happens from there. Nate Scheurholz(sp) could also be easily used."

I believe you mean Nate Schierholtz, the outfielder. Schierholtz is the Giants best position prospect, and Sanchez is probably their best pitching prospect now, and i just don't see the logic in moving either one of them, especially Schierholtz. I just dont think you can move him with so little in terms of position players on the horizon anyways. Sanchez is more movable because pitching is their strong suit. I would also try to hold onto Fred Lewis, he should play center some next year. But a deal of something like Jonathan Sanchez, Rajai Davis and one other guy. Then the Giants would take on all of his salary as well. Seems like a lowball offer but nothing else really seems logical, except replacing Davis with Lewis maybe, if its a deal breaker.

And the Astros really don't make any sense at this point. They have a solid middle of the order with Pence, Lee and Berkman, and already have a incredible defensive shortstop in Adam Everett. Wigginton is solid at third, so they have bigger holes to fill on that team than one Tejada could fill. Considering how few assets the Astros have, Tejada makes little sense at this time

A team with all kids? Giants are routinely one of the oldest clubs in the bigs. Tejada and Fukudome, both of whom I doubt they'll get anyways, wouldn't make them competitors. Fukudome's nice but unproven, a team on the fringe of being a WS contender, such as the Cubs, would benefit much more from him. Tejada, as I said earlier, is on the decline, will likely not be worth what the Giants will give up, and I doubt he'd be thrilled about going to the complete opposite end of the country so he can lose in a different uniform. Oh and that division with it's pitcher parks and stud aces doesn't do much for a declining players numbers either.

How about Tejada to the White Sox in exchange for Joe Crede, Juan Uribe and Ryan Sweeney. The Orioles get an at least acceptable replacement in Uribe, a real 3B in Crede, and a guy they could potentially put opposite Markakis in left field.

The White Sox could slip Tejada in at third and move Fields to left. Then either sign Kenny Lofton or trade for someone to man center and lead off.
CF Lofton/TBA trade
SS Cabrera
DH Thome
1B Konerko
3B Tejada
RF Dye
LF Fields
C Pierzynski
2B Richar

That would at least give them a shot at accomplishing something if they got good years out of Contreras and Danks

"Giants are routinely one of the oldest clubs in the bigs" .....ok this has been a fault for the past 3 seasons, but "routinely" NO...

The Giants have gotten rid of Morris / Bonds / Alou / Klesko / Stanton. And at the end of this season, Durham and Aurilia are done. If you watched after the allstar break, the team was a bunch of kids. Lewis / Schierholtz / Ortmeier / Davis / Frandsen all getting a lot of playing time.

Tejada and Fukudome are not by any means old. Tejada was injured last year. Many of the Giants losses last year were by a run or two. These two as 4/5 hitters would make a difference.

Davis CF
Durham/Frandsen 2B
Winn RF
Tejada 3B
Fukudome LF
Molina C
Ortmeier 1B
Vizquel SS

That lineup could compete in the NL West

Tejada > Feliz
Fukudome > Roberts

"Giants are routinely one of the oldest clubs in the bigs" .....ok this has been a fault for the past 3 seasons, but "routinely" NO...

The Giants have gotten rid of Morris / Bonds / Alou / Klesko / Stanton. And at the end of this season, Durham and Aurilia are done. If you watched after the allstar break, the team was a bunch of kids. Lewis / Schierholtz / Ortmeier / Davis / Frandsen all getting a lot of playing time.

Tejada and Fukudome are not by any means old. Tejada was injured last year. Many of the Giants losses last year were by a run or two. These two as 4/5 hitters would make a difference.

Davis CF
Durham/Frandsen 2B
Winn RF
Tejada 3B
Fukudome LF
Molina C
Ortmeier 1B
Vizquel SS

That lineup could compete in the NL West

Tejada > Feliz
Fukudome > Roberts

Tejada's not going to the Astros. The new philosophy of Cooper/Wade is all about pitching, speed, and defense. Tejada provides none of those things, and trading for him would use pieces that could potentially bring a pitcher of some kind (not that the Astros can put together a decent package anyway).

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