Tejada a perfect fit in Baltimore

Miguel Tejada brings the kind of star power the Orioles have lacked since the retirement of Cal Ripken Jr.

Updated: December 15, 2003, 12:08 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Lose Jason Giambi? Eh! Lose Miguel Tejada? Eh! Lose Keith Foulke? Eh ...Nothing seems to faze A's general manager Billy Beane, writes Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. A lost player -- no matter how good -- is a new opportunity. Beane takes time to salute the Red Sox (to whom he lost a bidding war for Foulke's services). He says they are scary because while his A's are well-run, Boston is now both well-run and well-funded.

  • How hopeless is the Devil Rays situation? Even if they weren't saddled with a small payroll and a general manager with a poor track record, the future would still be pretty dim. Given the enhancements the other teams in their division have made, the Devil Rays are doomed to another year in the cellar. So opines manager Lou Piniella, who is now looking toward 2005 as a breakthrough year for the club. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the story.

  • In the opinion of the World Champion Florida Marlins, their trophy-winning predecessor -- the Anaheim Angels -- mishandled the defense of that crown. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes that they are determined not to repeat the mistakes made by the Angels in terms of allocating salaries and restocking their roster.
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