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Hello everyone.

I'm back after experiencing some serious computer issues yesterday that prevented me from doing anything with my laptop besides using it as a coaster. I'll try to catch up on your comments and post them as soon as possible.

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You know it's late September when Luis Hernandez is pinch-hitting for Brandon Fahey. And Scott Moore is batting one spot ahead of Gustavo Molina. And I'm dragging as badly as the players.

Since I asked you to choose the Orioles' top off-season priority, I probably should chime in with my suggestion: Decide what to do with Miguel Tejada.

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A trade could bring back the frontline starting pitcher and/or big bat they need, though Tejada's stock has dipped. Moving him to third base could put Melvin Mora in left field or in a utility role, if it doesn't bring a request that he waive his no-trade clause.

The team needs another bat, no matter what it does with Tejada. That's a high priority. So is finding late-inning help for the bullpen - closer and set-up - and that veteran starter I mentioned earlier, but it's easier to formulate a plan of attack once you know what you're doing with Tejada.

The Orioles also need to begin serious contract negotiations with Erik Bedard, an activity that shouldn't be put on hold because of all the on-field needs. This is a separate issue, and the front office has enough executives - at least for now - that it should be able to keep discussions alive while also carrying around its winter shopping list.

No matter what Danys Baez decides to do, the Orioles need to find a replacement for him. We know he has a tear in his right elbow, and I don't care how "partial" it is, it's still a tear. He should have surgery. Otherwise, he's a ticking time bomb - hold the jokes - who could blow up at any moment.

He hasn't been healthy all year. Enough already.

And we know what happens when Orioles pitchers try to rehab their shoulder and elbow injuries. They end up on an operating table. Get it over with.

This doesn't include Jaret Wright, of course, but what else can doctors do with his shoulder besides replace the chewing gum and paper clips that hold it together?

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