We thought the Miguel Tejada rumors had died down. He seemed fairly content, and said all the right things. However, Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner has reignited the Miggy hot stove talk.
In Washington DC to cover the White Sox ceremony, Rozner ran into all sorts of DC media types. According to Rozner:
"They’re hearing the Orioles would love to move the unhappy Tejada out of Baltimore before the season even begins."
He adds that he expects Tejada to be moved before the season starts or right before the July trading deadline. As a refresher, MLBTradeRumors has reported that the Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, and Astros have all been involved in talks for Tejada this offseason.
New Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez can still be cut by March 15th, in which case Boston would owe him $500,000. The Cubs seem quite likely to give Ronny Cedeno his shot, though he’d probably be part of any package for Tejada.
The White Sox have previously offered Juan Uribe, Jose Contreras, and a prospect for Tejada, but the clubs could not agree on the last prospect. Recent word is that the team plans to wait until after the World Baseball Classic before trading Contreras. Houston has some top-notch pitching prospects in the fold, so look for them to re-enter the fray once the Clemens saga is resolved.