Some in the Orioles organization are ready to deal Miguel Tejada before the July 31 trade deadline. A player of Tejada's caliber is rarely dealt at midseason, though one high-ranking team source said Baltimore has already received several inquiries about the 2005 all-star, who is hitting .312 with 16 home runs. The club, according to another Orioles source, would ask for a major league pitcher as part of any package for Tejada. "If the return is right -- two to three pieces that could be core [major league] players quickly, I think they would have to consider it," said an executive for one American League team. "The reality, however, is that deals like that are not often out there and they would need to be sure they were right on the guys they bet on."
O's Ready To Deal Tejada