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Giants reach one-year, $6.5M deal with Miguel Tejada

Nov 30, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

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Brian Sabean strikes again.

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Giants have agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract with veteran infielder Miguel Tejada.  The contract will also include about $500,000 in pefromance-based bonuses.

Tejada no longer has good range at shortstop and batted just .269/.312/.381 over the course of the 2010 season.  Paired with hefty third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the left side of San Francisco’s infield will have some serious holes next year.

The Giants had to scramble this winter after losing both Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe, but this looks to be irresponsible spending.

Sabean and Co. are probably done looking into trading for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett.

  1. seattlej - Nov 30, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Wow… it’s like Sabean and Colletti are dueling. Who can give the worst contract to a OBP-challenged middle infielder? At least Uribe can still play above average defense and has a little more power… Of course, this isn’t for three years either. Tough call.

  2. gaels1997 - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Not as bad as it looks…looks a lot better than 21min for 3 years Uribe got..there is a reason he has never had a multi year deal in the majors..1 year 6mil for Tejada…decent bat still, and word has it the Giants are still pursuing Bartlett to play SS to keep Tejada at 3rd base. In the end its SF pitching that rules the roost.

    • quintjs - Dec 1, 2010 at 2:46 AM

      I can’t decide if the deal is better with Tejada at 3rd or better. Yes his range isn’t good at SS, and fielding he is better and 3rd but his bat isn’t going to cut it at third.

      Tejada shouldn’t be starting – and on the bench he is vastly overpaid at 6.5million.

      In the end I would rather have Uribe – at least he can stay on a major league roster for three years, play some defense and a few positions.

      To be fair though, I have to agree with seattlej – glad neither of those 2 is the GM of my team.

  3. FYMYAWF - Dec 1, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    The problem is that there isn’t much out there at SS in the market. Clearly if Sabes made this deal the Rays were asking too much for Bartlett, and there’s zero chance anyone but the Yankees will have Jeter playing for them next year. Which leaves…who else in play at SS?

    • paperlions - Dec 1, 2010 at 7:22 AM

      Whoever they have at AAA would have been nearly as good or better and cost $6M less.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 10:57 AM

        You can’t always rush the minor league kids, though. But still, Tejada isn’t worth more than $2M anymore. Even in a weak left-side infield market.

  4. Panda Claus - Dec 1, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    Baltimore has loses one of its reliable midseason trading chips by not resigning Tejada. At least he’ll still be wearing a shade of orange in his uniform when he starts the season. Then after the Giants fade by July, they can trade him to a contender for spare parts.

  5. icanspeel - Dec 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Tejada was decent with the Padres, Im sure most Padres fans aren’t happy he went to the Giants considering their other current options, but then again it is hard for the Padres to keep any players

  6. burtkauf - Dec 2, 2010 at 1:08 PM

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