Thursday, November 29, 2007

By Chuck Richter -Senior Editor

Read into this as little or as much as you want. I was told by my sources that the Orioles have an offer into the Angels that would net them Brandon Wood and Joe Saunders for their best player, Miguel Tejada. The ball is in the Angels court. The winter meetings are ahead and while the Angels 1st option is the other Miguel from Florida, the team has other options in place, unlike last offseason.

Owner Arte Moreno said Wednesday that he thought the Angels had a trade in place for Miguel Cabrera not once but twice this month, only to have the deal fall apart because the Marlins increased their demands at the last minute.

"They came back and asked for more," Moreno said. "They're doing it to everybody. The Dodgers thought they had a deal [for Cabrera], and it changed on them. [The Marlins] maneuvered us against the Dodgers. We both need a third baseman."

It's also worth mentioning according to another source that the Orioles want Joe Saunders but the Angels are more interested in sending them Ervin Santana.

Losing the Angels #2 prospect in Brandon Wood would be tough, but Tejada has the experience, he's a gamer, hits for a nice average (hit over .300 5 times in his career) and will supply some pop in the middle of the lineup. The acquisition would enable the Angels to keep 2B Howie Kendrick, their leadoff hitter Chone Figgins and their top prospect Nick Adenhart.

If the Angels acquire the 2004 HR derby champion in Miguel Tejada instead of Miguel Cabrera it would cost them significantly less which would enable them to make some other things happen, including adding some help in the bullpen or pursue stud hurler Johan Santana with top prospect Nick Adenhart, Reggie Willits, Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis and Ervin Santana available.

On a side note, according to the same source, the Orioles chances at signing Eric Bedard are slim to none but will not trade him this offseason unless they receive a kings ransom.

The trade winds are blowing fans. Fasten your seat belts as Tony Reagins and Co. are prepared to blow you away!

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