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The Orioles sign Miguel Tejada

Jan 23, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

UPDATE: SI.com’s
Jon Heyman
hears that Tejada’s one-year deal is worth $6 million
and contains some performance bonuses.

So reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

It’s a one year deal, and the terms have yet to be announced. Tejada will almost certainly play third, as , Andy MacPhail has said that he would prefer to play Garret Atkins at first base.

Assuming he’s not getting too much dough, Tejada makes a nice stopgap until top
prospect Josh Bell is ready for the majors. And hey, if Tejada plays well and the Orioles are out of it, they may be able to get something for the guy at the trade deadlines.

  1. stroboy51 - Jan 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    This will be a nice addition for the Orioles. Yes, he’s aging, but he plays every day and he plays hard, plus he’s a good team player. I’m sure the steroid shouters will trash him, but Tejada will help the O’s.

  2. lessick - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    It also allows them to send Robert Andino, a light-hitting back up shortstop to the minors. They could pinch hit for Izturis with Wigginton or Michael Aubrey and slide Tejada over to SS late in games.

  3. jay dunn - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    I thought the O’s were finally moving forward, they unloaded this jerk 2 years ago — he lied about his age, juiced, whined, showed up late, disrespected his team and the game (e.g. barely trotting to first base)… plus since he’s off the juice, his power is gone (total of 27 homers in the last 2 years)….
    Bad move, McPhail…

  4. Anon - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Where were the Twins on this?

  5. YANKEES1996 - Jan 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Agreed, when Tejada left Baltimore the first time it seemed like it was overdue, nobody was happy with him there. Now they turn around and resign him and they want him to play third base. I just don’t see the upside of this, there seems to be quite a few teams signing older guys this offseason with no visible upside.

  6. Jeff V. - Jan 23, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    The upside is, Bell isn’t ready to play in the big leagues yet. Bell is a beast from the left hand side but he has real issues batting right handed. He was also in AA last season. This moves gives Bell another season to 1-Fix his swing right handed or 2- Dump switch hitting and get some at bats left vs left.
    Beltre had no intention of coming to Baltimore and none of the other 3rd base options were clearly better then Tejada.

  7. Matt H. - Jan 23, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Well, when your team needs a 3B/1B and you have Atkins, who probably plays a better 1B, Tejada looks a lot better than Joe Crede, Hank Blalock, etc…

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