Here we go …
As Miguel Tejada twists in the wind, here is an aspect of his potential deal to the Angels that really intrigues me: If this deal does happen, would it kill his consecutive games streak?
Here’s the deal on that: Tejada is home in Baltimore, where the Orioles open a series against Seattle tomorrow night. But the Angels are in Anaheim, preparing to play the A’s tonight.
A playing streak is defined as appearing in each of your team’s games. If Tejada is dealt to Los Angeles before the deadline, he couldn’t possibly make the Angels’ game tonight. Technically, his streak would have to be over at 1,023 games.
Sounds like Bud Selig would have to make a call on that….
As for making the call on Tejada … Orioles GM Mike Flanagan just doesn’t seem convinced that moving him makes the best sense. Otherwise, how could he not jump at a Houston offer of Morgan Ensberg and Adam Everett, even after the Astros withdrew Roy Oswalt from the package?
Likewise, insiders feel the Angels’ offer of Ervin Santana and Ricky Aybar should’ve tempted Flanagan, who instead turned around and also asked for first baseman Casey Kotchman.
Unlike Tejada, Alfonso Soriano is still certain to be moving, although this appears to be a 3:59 p.m. deal.
Other virtual locks to be cleaning out lockers: Jon Lieber, LaTroy Hawkins, Mark Redman. And deals involving Greg Maddux and Julio Lugo make too much sense for the Cubs and Devil Rays, respectively, to hold onto them.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride…