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Grissom & Tejada & Zito, Oh My!

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Don't get excited, I was just trying to write a catchy title for this post.

Got your attention, didn't I?

Let's go about these with the highest profile first.

Tejada spouted off again about the Orioles' lack of improvement this winter:

"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 RBIs.

I think Jim Hendry is getting tired of dealing with this; it's turned into a circus, and the Orioles' demands are getting unrealistic.

Which brings me to Barry Zito, who would perhaps help the 2006 Cubs more than Tejada would, much as I've advocated a Tejada deal here. Billy Beane is a shrewd negotiator and might ask for Matt Murton as part of a Zito deal.

Would you do that? That's a tough call, but I just might. Of course, you'd have to make sure to get Zito signed to an extension while making this deal, because it would be foolish to give up Murton for a rent-a-player.

Which brings me to Grissom, who is likely going to get a minor-league invite to spring training, not "be signed", as many of you breathlessly feared yesterday.

Grissom had a miserable 2005 and is 39 years old. But if the Cubs do not have to give up Felix Pie in a Zito deal, perhaps Grissom could be a one-year fix in LF. He does hit lefties well (.803 lifetime OPS vs. LHP; .703 lifetime OPS vs. RHP).

My sources say that Cub attention will focus on either Zito or Tejada, not both.

There! That ought to give our favorite site something to kick around today!