Re: Tejada for Ramirez/Clement?
The Orioles do all kinds of strange things. I think they're planning on playing Javy Lopez at 1B, even though he's never played there before. They re-signed Ponson to that ridiculous deal after they'd finally gotten rid of him the first time. It took them 2 years to make BJ Ryan the closer, even though he was obviously a much better pitcher than that headcase Julio. They moved Melvin Mora around to so many different positions that it probably takes him a few minutes to remember where to go every game. They even traded for Sammy Sosa and brought back Palmeiro last year, as if they didn't know about the new steroid policy. And whenever it seems like they're actually on the verge of making a good deal, they never wind up actually making it. Getting Tejada is easily the best thing they've done in the last 10 years, and they've managed to alienate him by refusing to spend any money on pitching, and always adding more past-their-prime OF/1B/DH types.
And, by the way, whoever it was that was comparing Manny Ramirez to Albert Belle, if I'm getting the comparison right, Manny isn't anything like him. Everyone likes Manny, he's really goofy and entertaining, his teammates all love him, but he's like a big 8 year old who keeps changing his mind and has no sense of responsibility. He drives people nuts, but he's very good natured, which I don't think was the case with Belle at all.