CHICAGO -If the Baltimore Orioles indeed fulfill Miguel Tejada's desire to be traded this winter, the Cubs most likely would be among the long list of suitors.
Industry sources say several teams already have called the Orioles after Tejada's surprise request in an Associated Press story Thursday, and the Cubs are thought to be among them although there was no official confirmation. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry refused any comment Saturday.
The Cubs' interest would be one of those "duh" things, so logical you would presume it. Almost any team would want a former MVP shortstop who hit .304 with 26 homers and 98 RBI last season.
But the Cubs have more reasons than most other teams:
They have plenty of money to spend, and Tejada is owed $60 million for the next four years. Few teams would be willing to take on that kind of salary. The Cubs would.
They are least one power bat short in the lineup and Tejada has averaged 30 homers while playing every game of the last five seasons in Oakland and Baltimore. Those are numbers not even many outfielders can match. Acquiring Tejada, who bats right-handed, would mean the Cubs could go with more of a doubles-hitting batter in right field.