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Giants ready to admit mistake by releasing Miguel Tejada?

Jun 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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San Francisco signing Miguel Tejada to a one-year, $6.5 million deal and handing him the starting shortstop job at age 37 was a bad idea at the time, as they focused on his veteran-ness rather than his declining offense and lack of range.

By the middle of spring training the beat reporters covering the team were talking openly about how unimpressive Tejada looked, by late April the Giants had switched him from shortstop to third base, and now Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that they may be ready to simply release the former MVP.

Pablo Sandoval is close to coming off the disabled list, creating an infield logjam and forcing a roster move, and Baggarly writes that “there doesn’t appear to be much use for Tejada” with rookie Brandon Crawford playing well.

Tejada ranks dead last among NL hitters with a .515 OPS and his defense, even at third base, has been ugly. Asked about his job security, Tejada replied: “There’s four months left. I’m not going to let these first two months get in my head.”

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Sad to say, the time has come for Miggy to ride off to that Morton’s in the sunset.. If not for DeRosa’s continuing injuries the Giants would have released Tejada by now. The A’s just DFA’d Adam LaRoche, no superstar, but better this year than Miggy. Even with Sandoval the Giants will need cover at 3rd as Sandoval has not established a talent for staying healthy. I could see some sort of DFA for Miggy, and a move for cover like LARoche at AAA while Sandoval is playing.

    • dlevalley - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      “Sandoval has not established a talent for staying healthy. ”

      Really? I’m pretty sure he’s been healthy since he got to the majors, other than his broken wrist. He may have been fat last year, but he got into 152 games and had 600+ plate appearances in both 09 and 10.

  2. bobulated - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    “There’s four months left. I’m not going to let these first two months get in my head”.
    Don’t worry Miggy, there will be plenty of time for that while you’re sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring.

  3. madhatternalice - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Don’t worry. The Orioles are sure to sign him. Again.

  4. spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    My guess is they hang on to him for a while. Since Crawford is left-handed and so is Belt, Gillaspie and Fontenot the Giants would be a little thin vs. southpaws on the infield. He can still spell whomever at SS in a pinch, and handle third with Sandoval sliding over to 1st when healthy and facing lefties.

    • paperlions - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      I hope they hang on to him. I was happy when the Giants signed him since that should have ended LaRussa’s campaign to sign him, LaRussa having been a long-time admirer….I worry that if he becomes available the Cardinals will waste a roster spot an him for his veteraniness, ignoring his complete inability to play baseball.

      • bobulated - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        Yes, by all mean the Giants should hold on to him and his .192/.218/.192 vs lefties.
        ~ Signed the Diamondbacks and Rockies

      • spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        Yeah, what does he know anyway, if not for his numerous moves this year the Cards would sit atop the MLB with the best record. What a loser.

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    There was a time when I wanted the Twins to land Miggy, granted it was about a decade ago.

    Unfortunately, this could be exactly the type of move that Bill Smith makes to “improve” his ailing roster.

    • schrutebeetfarms - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      Lol that .515 OPS would be good enough for the 5 spot in the Twins lineup currently.

  6. 78mu - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    When I first saw the headline on this post I thought ‘the Giants have released Tejada and think they made a mistake by releasing him?’ Thankfully reading the post made a lot more sense.

    But who will be the GM that is licking his chops at getting Miggy on his team? That will be the odds-on favorite for the first GM to be out of a job this year.

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