Friday, December 30, 2005

GLOOMY BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR

Discontented shortstop Miguel Tejada distress with the Baltimore Orioles is obvious because team failed to get stronger in the offseason and didn’t fulfill his trade request. He is more upset because it's been a month and the Orioles haven't done anything. Tejada, who has entered the third year of a six-year, $72 million contract, requested a "change of scenery." The disgruntled All-Star is upset by the Orioles' failure to make trades that would strengthen the team. The Orioles and free agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz agreed on a two-year contract. The former Chicago Cubs right fielder will earn between $10 million and $12 million. The 36-year-old Burnitz hit .258 with 24 homers and 87 RBIs with the Cubs last season. It seems the Orioles except Tejada are considerate about every aspect of the team. Baltimore also reached a preliminary agreement with free agent Jeff Conine on a one-year, $1.7 million contract. Conine, played in Baltimore from 1999-03. He just needs to pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.

It’s been long Tejada has been notibg that division rivals New York and Toronto have made productive made moves to improve. The Yankees acquired outfielder Johnny Damon and the Blue Jays signed closer B.J. Ryan, starting pitcher A.J. Burnett and third baseman Troy Glaus. Tejada is now so fed up with the Orioles that he has stated "If the Orioles don't do anything, I want them to trade me because I am tired of losing."

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