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Miguel Tejada after being released by Giants: “I will not retire”

Sep 9, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

Miguel Tejada

San Francisco officially parted ways with Miguel Tejada yesterday, releasing the veteran infielder with a month remaining on his one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Tejada more than earned the release by playing horrible defense and hitting .239 with a .596 OPS, and then for good measure he publicly complained about being asked to lay down a sacrifice bunt.

However, today Tejada told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he plans to play in 2012, saying: “I will not retire.”

Here’s more from the 37-year-old former MVP:

I didn’t have a good time in San Francisco, but there are always highs and lows in life. I will play winter ball with the Aguilas Cibaenas as part of the process of staying active. In the winter I will work to return. It’s not the first time that a player has a bad year and then comes back.

True, but not many players have a .596 OPS at age 37 and go on to be anything but terrible. In fact, not many 37-year-old infielders post a sub-.600 OPS, period. The last one do so with at least 300 plate appearances was Frank White way back in 1988. He went on to play two more seasons as a part-timer for the Royals, hitting .241 with a .608 OPS.

Brian Sabean gave him $6.5 million six months ago, so I suppose anything is possible, but it’ll be surprising if Tejada manages more than a one-year, $1 million deal as a free agent this time around and he may have to settle for a minor-league contract.

  1. jimbo1949 - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Miggy needs a second opinion from a trusted source, which I’m sure he’ll get?

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      Was not referring to Canseco :-0

  2. bloodysock - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    The Yuma Scorpions need someone to fill the roster spot left by Joey Gathright.

    Jose would love him some Miggy.

  3. bobulated - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    If you’re an over the hill, unproductive veteran, Brian Sabean is the fat girl at last call once he turns you down, it’s usually over. You had a nice career Miggy, just take your golden parachute from SF and ride into the sunset.

  4. cup0pizza - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Ned Colletti is all over this. Book it.

    • Big Ed Robles - Sep 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      I completely disagree. Now if Sabean kept Tejada through the end of the season, I’m sure Colletti would have signed him to a 3-year deal for $20+ million…

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Independent League next year???

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 9, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      Maybe the Riversharks need a SS…

  6. trevorb06 - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Jermaine needs some company.

  7. garlicfriesandbaseball - Sep 9, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Say what you want about Miguel Tejada, but you have to admit he was entertaining. I’ll miss the happy smile, the Type-A personality on and off the field, his “singing” on 3rd base and just his positive attitude in general, at least on the field. Too dang bad he couldn’t hit…..or field. Good luck to you Miggy….we hardly knew ye.

  8. rmcd13 - Sep 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    I thought you accidentally posted a photo of Pablo Sandoval. Miggy has always been a big guy for a shortstop, but he looks way out of shape.

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