What They're Saying

Orioles

December 13, 2007

Miguel Tejada

"I'm disappointed because when I came to Baltimore, I think that I was going to bring a championship before I leave. But at the same time, I'm happy. I go to a team that is competitive every year."

Andy MacPhail

"Miguel Tejada has been a Hall of Fame-caliber performer. But the Orioles put on a good streak without him when he was injured. It's a team effort. You can't rely on the same two or three guys for contributions all the time. That's one of the concepts of acquiring five players back in exchange for one."

Brian Roberts

"My initial reaction was shock. After hearing about it for two years, I was like, `Wow, it really happened.' Then, you go into, `Man, that kind of [stinks].' I don't think it's a secret that I loved playing with Miggi. Then you go, `Wow, the rebuilding process is beginning.' You start thinking about what is next. There are a lot of emotions that come at that point."

Dave Trembley

"For me, Miguel Tejada was a baseball player. He played hard and wanted to win. I had no problem with him. We had a very nice relationship."

Kevin Millar

"The Astros are very lucky. They are getting a great player. I don't know where the bad rap comes from on Miggi. He's a high-level player. It's kind of a bummer, because Miguel Tejada brings a ton of energy and a true professional. But you knew with Andy [MacPhail] coming in, changes were going to be made. This is a business."

Peter Angelos

"I wish him great success in the future. He's a wonderful athlete, and he gave his all for the Orioles. I will miss him. He's a great guy."

American League scout

"This is a great trade for the Orioles. Unbelievable. A lot of scouts are calling me and asking, `How did they pull it off?'"

Ed Wade, Astros general manager

"Obviously, the price of the deal is high, a little painful. We gave up some significant pitching in this deal. If you're going to bring in a player of this caliber, you've got to pay the price for it."

Tal Smith, Astros president of baseball operations

"We've talked to Baltimore off and on for two years about Tejada. Certainly in 2006. It's sort of ongoing. Baltimore's had a change in their administration with Andy MacPhail, and I think Baltimore has wanted to change the composition of their club."

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