Tejada an Option for the Yankees

Because Alex Rodriguez wants too much, and because the Florida Marlins desire too many young pitching prospects (the Marlins want either Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy as part of any trade, but Brian Cashman will not meet this demand), the Yankees appear to be focusing on Miguel Tejada of the Baltimore Orioles, according to the New York Daily News.

The Orioles’ biggest need is in the outfield where the Yankees have some legitimate prospects. Brett Gardner, who stole 39 bases in 99 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton this year after swiping 58 in the minors in 2006, is the closest to being ready for the majors. Two other prospects include Jose Tabata and Austin Jackson, who would make their presence felt after a year or two more in the minors.

The Orioles might take one of the outfielders along with a mid-level pitching prospect for Tejada. Baltimore might have interest in Kyle Farnsworth (Chris Ray and Danys Baez are out of consideration because they will miss the entire 2008 season following Tommy John surgery).

Tejada is a solid player. He hit .296 with 18 home runs and 81 RBI in 133 games this year. Tejada missed 29 games after breaking a bone in his wrist when he was hit by a pitch, but he had played in all 162 games in each of the previous six seasons. Tejada has shown to be consistent and could prove very valuable to the Yankees.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 9, 2007.

One Response to “Tejada an Option for the Yankees”

  1. Trade Farnsworth, Melky, and 2 pitching prospects, for Tejada and Bedard. Trade Cano and 2 or more prospects for Santana. All you need now is a second baseman Orlando Hudson or maybe Marcus Giles short term. What a pitching staff. Plus if this happened, Pettite would come back.

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