Reporters sure can make convincing arguements, Hmmm. After reading this, I came away trying to figure out why Tejada would even consider signing any where else .......
How bout them Angels ..... Reloading.
OCR wrote:The Angels remain in contention for two of the best players left in a deep free-agent pool.
The agency that represents outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and shortstop Miguel Tejada has begun narrowing the list of suitors for those players - in both cases, it is down to a few teams - and the Angels haven't been scratched from either list.
Tejada's primary agent said Thursday that Anaheim is an appealing destination for the 2002 American League MVP.
"He likes it down there," agent Diego Bentz said. "He likes the area; it's no secret. Obviously he knows the division. More important, his family likes it there. His wife made every trip to that area in six years, I believe. That's important, because Miguel is a very simple, family guy who loves to play baseball, and that's about it."
Tejada said at the end of last season he wanted to move his family to a city with a large Spanish-speaking population. He said some members of his extended family - including his brother and father - likely would move with him from the Dominican Republic, and they speak little English.
"That's a big factor for him, because his family means everything to him," Bentz said.
In order to land Tejada, the Angels might have to counter a serious push by the Detroit Tigers, whose owner Mike Ilitch said Wednesday he would be willing to "overpay" for a star free agent such as Tejada. But Ilitch might have to bring a hefty cash truck to lure Tejada to play for a last-place team in a pitcher-friendly venue like Comerica Park.
Anaheim always has been one of Tejada's favorite destinations. He idolized Angels first base coach Alfredo Griffin as a teenager in the Dominican Republic, picking the No.4 in honor of Griffin. Tejada, who has played in 594 consecutive games, sought to emulate Griffin's everyday durability.
Last season was a trying one for Tejada, who was told by Oakland A's co-owner Steve Schott in spring training that he likely wouldn't be returning. He overcame a horrible start to bat .278 with 27 home runs and 106 RBIs then slumped badly again in the AL Division Series.
The fact the Angels are a year removed from a World Series title - and apparently intent on spending the money to reclaim it - could also be a factor in Tejada's interest. He has never played on a team that won a playoff series.
"With Miguel, there are no hidden agendas," Bentz said. "Some guys want to be movie stars, they want to be managers, they want to be GMs. Miguel just wants to play baseball."
The Angels have the luxury of seeking offense where they can find it. Guerrero also remains a possibility, though he will likely command significantly more money than Tejada. He chose not to accept a five-year, $75 million offer to remain with the Montreal Expos. The Baltimore Orioles are considered strong contenders for his services