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HotCorner
07-30-2006, 10:27 PM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball/bal-tejadatrade0730,0,3669054.story?coll=bal-sports-headlines



In a potential blockbuster deal, the Orioles have discussed sending All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada to Houston for a package that would include Astros ace Roy Oswalt.

Several industry sources confirmed the Orioles and Astros are negotiating dealing Tejada for third baseman Morgan Ensberg, shortstop Adam Everett and Oswalt, 28, who has already won 91 major-league games.

At this point, the Orioles are not inclined to make the deal barring changes, said several club sources. The Orioles' main concern is that they'd only have Oswalt, who will be a free agent after the 2007 season, for one season and then he'd sign a lucrative offer elsewhere.

Less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, two high-ranking Orioles officials said that they still expect the deadline to pass without Tejada being traded. If a deal is made, one of the officials said, it likely will "go down to the wire."

Publicly, Orioles officials are not offering comment on individual trade scenarios. Astros general manager Tim Purpura also refused to discuss trade proposal specifics Sunday, but said, "We are being aggressive for any impact hitter. At this time we are trying to acquire an impact hitter." He would not comment further.

Orioles assistant general manager John Stockstill, who is charge of professional scouting, recently spent 10 days scouting the Los Angeles Angels and much of the past week in Houston watching the Astros. In his most recent start Saturday, Oswalt (8-7, 3.23 ERA) allowed just one run and struck out eight batters in eight innings as the Astros beat the Diamondbacks 4-1.

Several sources said the Astros are now considered the leader of a potential three-team sweepstakes for Tejada, which also includes the Texas Rangers and Angels. The Los Angeles Dodgers also remain in the picture, but their interest is not as strong as the other three teams. The Rangers offer, which is centered around former All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock and top pitching prospect John Danks, falls short for the Orioles because it does not include quality, established pitching.

According to one high-ranking club official, the Orioles still feel that a deal with the Angels "makes the most sense." The Angels have offered young right-hander Ervin Santana as well as shortstop prospect Erick Aybar for Tejada. But the Orioles would like more - perhaps first baseman Casey Kotchman or Single-A pitcher Nick Adenhart--to sweeten the deal, one club source said.

One Angels official told the Los Angeles Times that the club was disturbed by Tejada's comments Saturday that he would not be willing to move from shortstop to third base if traded. The Angels current shortstop, Orlando Cabrera, reportedly has said he would make the switch to third to accommodate Tejada, but several scouts consider Cabrera the superior defensive shortstop.

Tejada took an even stronger stance Sunday, saying, "I am playing short. I want to play short. If I am going to be a winner, I am going to be a winner at my position. Right now, I am happy playing shortstop here. If I am going to win, I am going to win playing shortstop somewhere."

Tejada was 1-for-4 with two RBIs in the Orioles' 8-7 comeback win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon. After leading the charge out of the Orioles dugout following Javy Lopez's game-winning hit off Chicago closer Bobby Jenks, Tejada said that he didn't think he played his last game in an Orioles' uniform.

"I don't think about it that way," said Tejada. "I don't think this is going to be my last game. It was just another day here, now I am going home and I'll come back tomorrow."

Before Saturday's game, Tejada said, "I am not trying to leave here. They're trying to make me leave. It's the team, not me. I don't have control of that. The manager and I don't know who, they want to take me out of here."

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said that he spoke to Tejada following Saturday's game to clear the air and said that they are on the same page. Several Orioles said that they didn't want the shortstop, who remains a popular teammate, to get traded.

"You're talking about our team leader and a top-five player in the game," said designated hitter Jay Gibbons. "It's hard to swallow losing him so hopefully nothing happens. Everybody loves Miggy. He's a great guy and he hits .330 every year and drives in 100. It's hard to replace that bat. But Miggy knows this is a business too, and I'm sure there's pretty much the whole league after him. It's just one of those things where you've got a prize commodity and you never know. Somebody might make an offer that we can't refuse."

When the Astros and Orioles discussed a potential Tejada deal last winter following the shortstop's public demand for a trade, Houston officials refused to offer Oswalt. But he is more available now simply because he's one season closer to free agency and the Astros' offense is woefully inadequate. Houston is last in the National League in batting average and in the bottom third in the league in homers, RBIs, runs scored and on-base percentage.

Oswalt, who is making $11 million in 2006, has one year left in arbitration and could command around $15 million next season. He then is eligible for free agency, something industry insiders expect him to test.

In contrast, Tejada is signed through 2009 at an average of about $12.7 million per season. Ensberg, who probably would be moved to first base if he joined the Orioles, and the slick-fielder Everett, won't become free agents until after 2008.

Orioles' officials insist that they are not actively shopping Tejada, who leads the club in average, home runs and RBIs.

"We don't have to deal him," said Orioles Executive Vice President Mike Flanagan. "We've always kept our position that he is a terrific player that we want to build around. That hasn't changed. But our job is to listen to offers. We're doing what we're supposed to do."

George Foster
07-30-2006, 10:33 PM
If the Astros deal Oswalt, for one hitter they are throwing in the towel this year. They have a horrible offense, but giving up a guy like Oswalt, when you know Clemons won't be back and Pettite is "ifey" about even playing next season is nuts.

MWM
07-30-2006, 10:34 PM
Oswalt AND Ensberg. Way too much for Tejada. I love Tejada and all, but I'm not sure he's worth one of the best pitchers in the game.

Falls City Beer
07-30-2006, 10:35 PM
Oswalt AND Ensberg. Way too much for Tejada. I love Tejada and all, but I'm not sure he's worth one of the best pitchers in the game.

Then they're refashioning the team, not contending this season. Wow. That's a nutty trade.

StillFunkyB
07-30-2006, 10:36 PM
Good, get him out of the division. Getting him out of the NL alltogether would just be like getting an extra cherry on your sundae.

If the Astros want to shoot themselves in the head with a bazooka, then I am all for it.

Joseph
07-30-2006, 10:41 PM
I read that about 10 minutes ago on traderumors and all I can say is I hope to goodness that is the deal, Everett, Oswalt, and Ensberg for Tejeda.

smith288
07-30-2006, 10:42 PM
Oswalt is one guy you dont trade.

TOBTTReds
07-30-2006, 10:48 PM
I would be laughing til the end of the season if they gave up Ensberg, Everett, and Oswalt for him. There are obviously some good minor leaguers that B-more would be sending over though, or else Houston is shooting themselves in the both feet. I would love this.

KronoRed
07-30-2006, 10:49 PM
Oh please let it be

StillFunkyB
07-30-2006, 10:50 PM
Where's our pal Astrobuddy?

CougarQuest
07-30-2006, 11:34 PM
Where's our pal Astrobuddy?
Suicide watch?:dunno:

Jpup
07-31-2006, 12:54 AM
according to Rosenthal, the deal is dead. Angelos is an idiot.

BrooklynRedz
07-31-2006, 12:59 AM
I'm betting the "deal" was dead by the time it ever saw print.

However, if the Astros are still looking for an impact bat, would you consider moving Dunn for a return of Oswalt, Ensberg and Everett? I'd at least think about it.

MartyFan
07-31-2006, 01:00 AM
I'm betting the "deal" was dead by the time it ever saw print.

However, if the Astros are still looking for an impact bat, would you consider moving Dunn for a return of Oswalt, Ensberg and Everett? I'd at least think about it.

Consider? I'd drive him there...not because I don't like Dunn but because of the quality and quantity you get back.

Jpup
07-31-2006, 01:01 AM
I'm betting the "deal" was dead by the time it ever saw print.

However, if the Astros are still looking for an impact bat, would you consider moving Dunn for a return of Oswalt, Ensberg and Everett? I'd at least think about it.

Oswalt is a Free Agent at the end of 07. He would have to sign a long term deal for me to consider trading Dunn for him.

DoogMinAmo
07-31-2006, 01:02 AM
I'm betting the "deal" was dead by the time it ever saw print.

However, if the Astros are still looking for an impact bat, would you consider moving Dunn for a return of Oswalt, Ensberg and Everett? I'd at least think about it.

Wow would our offense stink, but that is a tempting deal, and probably about what it would take.

danforsman
07-31-2006, 09:39 AM
Oswalt will be a FA after next year, but once Tejada is traded, he can become a FA after THIS season. If this trade was offered, Tim Purpura is the second-dumbest GM in baseball, behind only the Orioles' GM, assuming he rejected it.

OnBaseMachine
07-31-2006, 12:32 PM
Report: Astros owner orders Lidge trade

The Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice reports that Astros owner Drayton McLane has ordered GM Tim Purpura to trade Brad Lidge.

The Rangers are the team getting mentioned in connection with Lidge, but if he has to go, there will be more interested parties, starting with the Mets and Red Sox. The Astros could turn over closing duties to Dan Wheeler if they move Lidge. Jul. 31 - 12:28 pm et
Source: Houston Chronicle

http://rotoworld.com/content/HeadLines.aspx?sport=MLB

Caseyfan21
07-31-2006, 12:53 PM
I traded Oswalt straight up for Tejada earlier this year in my fantasy league, maybe it's a sign of something.

KoryMac5
07-31-2006, 03:14 PM
Report: Astros owner orders Lidge trade

The Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice reports that Astros owner Drayton McLane has ordered GM Tim Purpura to trade Brad Lidge.

The Rangers are the team getting mentioned in connection with Lidge, but if he has to go, there will be more interested parties, starting with the Mets and Red Sox. The Astros could turn over closing duties to Dan Wheeler if they move Lidge. Jul. 31 - 12:28 pm et
Source: Houston Chronicle

http://rotoworld.com/content/HeadLines.aspx?sport=MLB


Reports now are saying to the contrary that Lidge is not for sale. Also reports have it that Baltimore was not going to hang on to Oswalt he was going to be flipped for Blaylock from Texas and another player which nixed the deal from the Astros standpoint. This from ESPN.

KronoRed
07-31-2006, 03:58 PM
Won't get much if the owner orders a trade