Tejada, who was traded Wednesday to the Houston Astros for five players, was also reportedly mentioned in the Grimsley affidavit. His inclusion in the Mitchell Report came after former Athletics teammate Adam Piatt told investigators that he provided the shortstop with testosterone and hGH through Radomski. Piatt emphasized that he didn't know whether Tejada actually used the substances.

The report included copies of checks that Tejada wrote to Piatt for $3,100 and $3,200 in March 2003. Tejada, who has repeatedly denied using steroids, signed a six-year deal with the Orioles after the 2003 season.

Below is an excerpt that details Tejada's alleged involvement:

"According to Piatt, Tejada asked specifically if he had any steroids. Piatt believed that Tejada asked him because Piatt was in good shape and generally friendly with him. Piatt had several conversations with Tejada before a transaction occurred. Piatt admitted he had access to steroids and human growth hormone and agreed to obtain them for Tejada. Piatt recalled that he provided Tejada with testosterone or Deca-Durabolin, as well as human growth hormone.

"Radomski recalled receiving a call from Piatt during which he said he needed extra testosterone because 'one of the guys wanted some.' In a later conversation, Piatt told Radomski that the testosterone was for his teammate, . Radomski never spoke, or sold performance enhancing substances, directly to Tejada."

Like Roberts, Tejada declined to meet with Mitchell investigators and has repeatedly denied using steroids. He didn't return calls seeking comment yesterday.

In September 2006, Tejada told The Sun in response to Grimsley's reported allegations: "I know that I've never had a problem with that. I know that I've never used that, and I know I am clean. ... I'll get checked out for anybody, any time, any moment - whenever they want."

MacPhail said Wednesday that the timing of Tejada's trade to the Astros had nothing to do with the impending release of the Mitchell Report. He also said that the two sides had no discussions about nullifying the six-player deal if one of the players was named in the report.

"That really didn't have anything to do with it," MacPhail said. "It was a function of trying to add as many talented young players as I could possibly get for a very talented player that can help somebody win now."

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