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Tejada upset with Orioles' lack of action

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Disgruntled shortstop
Miguel Tejada is "more upset'' with the Baltimore Orioles because
they haven't gotten stronger in the offseason than with the team
not fulfilling his trade request.

"Now, I am more upset than when I requested the trade because
it's been a month and they haven't done anything,'' Tejada told The
Associated Press on Thursday.

Tejada, who is entering the third year of a $72 million,
six-year contract, said three weeks ago that he wanted a "change
of scenery.''

On Thursday, the disgruntled All-Star said he was upset by the
Orioles' failure to make trades that would strengthen the team.

"I don't want to say anything bad that can hurt my teammates,
but look at Toronto, they have strengthened themselves and we
haven't done anything,'' said Tejada, who hit .305 last season with
26 homers and 98 RBI.

The Orioles and free agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz agreed on a
two-year contract Wednesday, pending the results of a physical, a
team source told the AP. The team will pay the former Chicago Cubs
right fielder between $10 million and $12 million. The 36-year-old
Burnitz hit .258 with 24 homers and 87 RBI with the Cubs last
season.

Baltimore also reached a preliminary agreement with free agent
Jeff Conine on a $1.7 million, one-year contract. Conine, who
played in Baltimore from 1999-03, needs to pass a physical for the
deal to be finalized.

Tejada noted that division rivals New York and Toronto made
moves to improve. The Yankees acquired outfielder Johnny Damon and
the Blue Jays signed closer B.J. Ryan, starting pitcher A.J.
Burnett and third baseman Troy Glaus.

"If the Orioles don't do anything, I want them to trade me
because I am tired of losing,'' Tejada said before a winter league
game.

If he isn't traded by the Orioles, Tejada said he would
"respect the game as I have always done.''

"I am not asking for a team of superstars, I only want a good
group that helps me to win,'' he said.

Tejada also responded to comments made by former teammate Rafael
Palmeiro, who tested positive for steroids.

Palmeiro has said Tejada gave him vitamin B-12 earlier this
year, and suggested it might have been tainted with
performance-enhancing drugs.

"Everyone knows that vitamin B-12 doesn't do anything bad,''
Tejada said. "I am not upset with Palmeiro, but enough speaking
about that already,'' he said.