I know it makes good copy, but for the life of me, I can't understand this deal from the Orioles perspective. Why would they do it?
Manny in Baltimore would be a disaster because there's no way he's going to like playing for a (potentially) last place team. Plus, if the Orioles get him and then try to trade him for prospects, they're going to find it harder to move him rather than Tejada for the same type of package. They are not going to win the division or make the playoffs with Manny, so there's no point in just swapping salaries.
The only way I can see it is if the Red Sox throw in Marte or Lester and some cash. Otherwise, it makes no sense. And, I don't think the Sox would do that, so IMO the chances of it happening are slim.
If someone out there has a good reason from the ORIOLES perspective, please let me know. There's got to be something I am missing.