The Orioles' standoff with Miguel Tejada reached a third day, as the All-Star shortstop spoke publicly for the first time since suggesting he would benefit from a change of scenery. In an interview with Comcast SportsNet, Tejada said he never asked for a trade, but he wants to win immediately. "I never said I wanted to be traded; I said I want to see a better team," said Tejada, who spoke via phone from the Dominican Republic. "I don't want to keep losing like we have the past two years. Look at the division we're in. It's not easy to win without pitching. It's the hardest division in baseball with the Yankees and Red Sox. And look at what Toronto is doing with their pitching staff. They're going to be tough." The comments appear to contradict what he and his representatives have been telling the Orioles all along. According to team sources, Tejada and his agents haven't backed off the trade demands in conversations with the club, which is why the two sides remain in talks and no resolution has been reached. Executive vice president Mike Flanagan has been mum about the conversations, but he did acknowledge that the goal is to "try to talk [Tejada] into playing for the Baltimore Orioles," and "nothing has changed," since the talks began. Orioles officials spoke with Tejada's agents, Diego Bentz and Fernando Cuza, again yesterday after talking with them extensively Saturday, but "there was no progress in our talks," Flanagan said. Club officials also talked directly to Tejada on Saturday night, the first time since he told an Associated Press reporter, "Things haven't gone in the direction that we were expecting, so I think the best thing will be a change of scenery."
Tejada Never Asked For Trade, Just Wants To Win