Every once in a while one party's problem becomes someone else's solution. Shaquille O'Neal was costing the Lakers too much money, according to Kobe Bryant's version of a conversation with team owner Jerry Buss, so they got rid of him to Miami. With the Heat, O'Neal helped take that team to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago and win an NBA title last season.

Moving over to baseball, the Texas Rangers are experiencing a rift between first-year manager Ron Washington and Rangers star Mark Teixeira, of Severna Park and Mount St. Joseph. The Rangers are struggling badly. At 17 games under .500 and last in the AL West, the season is already lost.

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Teixeira is having his usual solid season, batting .301 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs, but Washington wants to fool with his hitting approach. He wants the Rangers, Teixeira included, to take more pitches late in the game, apparently a strategy in Oakland, where Washington was a popular third base coach.

Sooo, whenever there's some kind of fallout between a star player and a new manager and the team looks like it will need an overhaul, speculation begins. It starts with the idea of getting some talent in return for said star (whose contract ends after next season).

When you're talking about teams that need a big bat, the Orioles are right at the top of the list.  Teixeira, in his fifth season, has averaged 36 homers a season and makes a reported $9 million this year. Can the O's outbid the financial big boppers (you know who they are)?

Always the big question, isn't it?

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