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Rumor Mill: Cardinals reportedly interested in Tejada

The first official Cardinals rumor of the off-season is wafting through the air, and it revolves around Miguel Tejada.

The former Athletics, Orioles, Astros and Padres shortstop is speculated to be high on General Manager John Mozeliak's wish list because of his ability to add some punch to the lineup from the infield. The birds appear set at short with Brendan Ryan. But Tejada has been a candidate to move to third base for a couple of years now. And he seems to be at least willing to listen to the suggestion.

But the report of St. Louis' interest, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune, seemed to be pure speculation. I'm not sure that the Cardinals are willing to pay Tejada's asking price which, according to his most recent contract, would figure to be $6-$7 million per season.

Tejada hit .269 in 2010, doing time in Baltimore and San Diego. He cracked 15 homers and drove in 67 runs.