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A’s can’t offer Tejada long-term contract

March 16, 2003


The Oakland Athletics have just about given up any hope of keeping Miguel Tejada beyond this season.

Oakland owner Steve Schott told the AL MVP Saturday the team won't offer him a multiyear contract. Tejada, who can become a free agent after this season, has said he wants a long-term deal.

"I really want to stay here, but I know it will be hard for them to keep me here," Tejada said. "That's business. I'm going to keep playing hard. They might change their mind. ... If they want, we can work something out."

Tejada hit .308 with 34 home runs and 131 RBIs last season to help the A's win 103 games and the AL West. He would be the second MVP to leave Oakland in three years. Jason Giambi, the 2000 MVP, signed a $120 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees after the 2001 season.

With Tejada entering the final year of his contract, his agents asked the A's to make an offer first. But Schott said there would be no negotiations because the team can't afford a long-term deal and he does not want to "insult" the star shortstop with a low offer.

Tejada has not said how much money he will ask for. He made $3.65 million last season and will get $5 million this year.

Schott said the team is not considering trading Tejada during the season because he believes the A's can reach the World Series.

In other games:

Mets 16, Dodgers 11 (11)

At Mexico City, the squads left their feud back home, opening a two-game spring training visit with a brawl-free slugfest.

Cardinals 10, Expos 6

At Jupiter, Fla., Orlando Palmeiro went 3-for-3.

Indians 8, Astros 4 (10)

At Kissimmee, Fla., Bill Selby hit a three-run double.

Pirates 5, Phillies 4

At Bradenton, Fla., Craig Wilson hit a home run.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3

At Dunedin, Fla., Bernie Williams hit a three-run homer.

Devil Rays 3, Red Sox 2

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Shea Hillenbrand homered.

Reds 6, Twins 1

At Fort Myers, Fla., Ryan Dempster pitched six scoreless innings.

Tigers 6, Braves 4

At Lakeland, Fla., Steve Avery threw two scoreless innings.

Marlins 8, Orioles 7

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Al Martin and Todd Hollandsworth homered for Florida.

Angels 4, Cubs 3

At Tempe, Ariz., Chris Bootcheck worked five scoreless innings. Jeff DaVanon hit his third homer of the spring.

White Sox 8, Brewers (ss) 1

At Tucson, Ariz., Mark Buehrle threw four shutout innings.

Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 2

At Tucson, Ariz., Todd Helton had three hits and three RBIs for Colorado.

Giants (ss) 9, Padres 3

At Peoria, Ariz., Livan Hernandez pitched five innings in his longest outing of the spring.

Giants (ss) 5, Mariners (ss) 4

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki struck out two in a perfect inning.

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