"The Orioles do not want to trade Miguel Tejada to a division rival."
YES THEY DO.
The Orioles have no chance to compete during the life of Tejada's contract. The ideal Tejada trade would be one that not only gives the Orioles some useful young players, but also depletes the talent base of their division rivals for the year 2010.
WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WOULD ACCOMPLISH BY TRADING TEJADA TO THE YANKEES.
Given the choice between:
a) your division rival having Miguel Tejada when you're not a contender, or
b) your rival having Phil Hughes when your team is good
Which one is really more damaging?