This isn't a fresh idea - it's been kicked around in New York - but maybe it's worth debating here:

Would Melvin Mora make more sense to the Yankees as a third baseman than Miguel Tejada?

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Of course he would. He's played the position. And he's played in New York, so he can handle the pressure. He's also friends with some of the Yankees, including Bobby Abreu.

The more people you talk to, the less likely it seems that the Yankees will seriously pursue Tejada, who hasn't shown anyone that he can make the switch to third. But Mora is an intriguing option for them.

He'd likely wave his no-trade clause to play in the Bronx. He'd still be close to his family if he kept his house in Harford County. And he'd have a chance at that World Series ring - though Mike Mussina thought the same thing and, well, you know how that turned out.

If I had to guess, I'd say the Yankees end up with Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera. But Mora has a better chance to wear pinstripes than Tejada.

The Orioles probably couldn't expect more than a few mid-level prospects in return for Mora. They're not getting Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain. And they'd probably have to pitch in a few dollars to get Mora to waive his no-trade clause.

Food for thought.

While we're on third baseman, word out of Philadelphia is the Phillies won't pursue Mike Lowell, as previously expected, because general manager Pat Gillick has been focused on adding another starting pitcher and a reliever (which could be done after re-signing J.C. Romero). The Phillies aren't looking to spend big on a position player.

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