Deal close for Tejada (& Showalter quote)

The Orioles removed third baseman Miguel Tejada from tonight’s lineup because they’re close to completing a trade for him.

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he couldn’t confirm anything yet and a deal hasn’t been finalized, but we’re free to speculate on why Tejada was scratched.

Yes, it involves a pending trade.

An announcement could come within the next hour or two.

The Sun is reporting that Tejada has been dealt to the San Diego Padres, and I just talked to someone who confirmed it. Josh Bell would replace him on the roster.

Here’s a statement from Buck Showalter regarding today’s news that he’s been hired as manager:

“My job with ESPN allowed me to follow this organization closely over the last several years, and although the current record may seem to indicate otherwise, I see enormous potential with this club. I look forward to the challenge of competing in the American League East. Baltimore is a tremendous baseball town with passion and pride in its club, and my family and I look forward to making it our new home.”

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