Miguel Tejada is being considered by a few clubs, such as the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants, as a quality fallback plan if they can't land Miguel Cabrera. At this point, a team source said, the Orioles haven't received overwhelming interest in Tejada, a four-time All-Star. Defensive concerns -- poor range at shortstop and the uncertainty that he can make the transition to third base -- declining power numbers and his salary ($26 million over the next two seasons) have hurt Tejada's trade value severely, said two baseball executives who requested anonymity. But there also is a feeling around the industry that Tejada would be energized with a trade to a winning environment, according to one National League executive. The Orioles' asking price for Tejada -- two high-level prospects -- scared off the St. Louis Cardinals, who instead chose to sign free-agent shortstop Cesar Izturis. Seeking a third baseman, the Giants also have been interested in Tejada, but they aren't looking to deal young pitchers Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum and the talent in their system is relatively thin. The Orioles also have been talking to the Houston Astros about Tejada.
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