Miguel Tejada to the Cubs for Mark Prior?
For weeks there have been rumors of the Cubs pursuing a trade for shortstop Miguel Tejada. The CCO has stayed away from these rumors; largely because Tejada said his trade demands were based on frustration and wanted management to make moves to improve the Orioles. The Rumors quieted….except for in the minds of the Cubs Faithful.
Well….today the rumors of the Cubs still pursuing Tejada became a lot more credible.
Updated 7:30pm C.D.T.
Ken Rosenthal is a very credible source and has broken a ton of stories over the years, especially this off-season. In his article on FoxSports.com, he states the Cubs are talking to the Orioles about a trade that could include Mark Prior for Miguel Tejada. Keep in mind Rosenthal is NOT Phil Rogers. Could this be happening?
The article goes on to say the talks stalled because the Cubs want left-handed starter Erik Bedard, along with Tejada if the O’s want Prior. The Cubs have also refused to include Felix Pie and a top-pitching prospect. Also, Rosenthal mentions a possible 3-team deal that would involve the Red Sox. The Cubs would get Tejada, Manny Ramirez to the Orioles and likely Mark Prior, Ronny Cedeno and Corey Patterson to the Red Sox.
Ken Rosenthal is about to be on XM Radio with Holden Kushner….I will update after that interview.
7:30pm C.D.T. update: Rosenthal basically spent less than 3 minutes on this and did not provide anymore insight. Rosenthal did say the Cubs are really pushing to get Tejada, but what the Orioles are asking for in return is slowing up the deal. Rosenthal said he is unsure if the deal could happen as long as Peter Angelos is involved, but a deal that involes Angelos could never happen or could happen ’10 seconds from now’.
Also, in an article in the Chicago Tribune today, Fred Mitchell mentioned the Cubs are working on a 3-team deal that would land Tejada in Chicago and Mark Prior on an American League West team.