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O's Trade Miguel Tejada to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The NL West-leading San Diego Padres obtained infielder Miguel Tejada and just more than $1 million from the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, convinced that the 36-year-old can help them in the infield and at the plate. The Padres gave up Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer. "It's a good chance at being in the playoffs and that's always good," Tejada said in Kansas City, where he was scratched from the Orioles lineup before Thursday night's game against the Royals. "I think we can have a chance to win." Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, hasn't been to the playoffs since the Oakland A's made four straight appearances from 2000-03, losing in the divisional round each year. The Padres are trying to win their first division title since winning consecutive championships in 2005-06. "This move was made because we feel it makes us better," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said. "It gives us a player in several positions and it gives us a veteran leader."

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