Orioles can’t play well with others

So the Orioles entertained several offers for Miguel Tejada the last week, one of which looked like a no brainer if accurately reported (Roy Oswalt, Adam Everett, Morgan Ensberg) but in the end, nothing happens. The debate though over whether the O’s should or shouldn’t move Tejada is not the point right now.

The problem over the last several days seems to be the perception that the Orioles front office wasted the time of several other clubs. I doubt that Mike Flanagan & Jim Duquette ever intended such harm, but spending hours and hours trying to get a deal, even believing you have one in place, then to see it quashed only deters teams from working with Baltimore in the future.

Reports say Peter Angelos ultimately killed all deals, but in allowing his front office to negotiate even though he wasn’t ever interested in trading Tejada seriously impairs the credibilty of his executives. He left them hanging in the wind, having to apologize for saying no. Hard to believe the O’s are on their way to a 9th consecutive losing season.

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