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Royals sign Miguel Tejada to minor league contract

Dec 31, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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Big news on this New Year’s Eve.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed infielder Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. He’ll get $1.1 million if he makes the club. Dave Skretta of the Associated Press was the first to break the news of the signing.

Tejada, 38, batted .259/.325/.296 with zero homers and a .621 OPS in 36 games with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate last season. He had a .239/.270/.326 batting line over 91 games with the Giants during his last stint in the majors in 2011. Chances are he doesn’t have anything left in the tank, but the Royals apparently liked what they saw from him in the Dominican Winter League.

UPDATE: Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press was told by Tejada and his agent that it’s a guaranteed deal. Meanwhile, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that he’ll be added to the 40-man roster when the club clears space. This one is officially a head-scratcher.

  1. mazblast - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Just as with the Endy Chavez signing, the Royals are going for the kind of low-risk, low-reward free agents that they expressly need to AVOID. He is not going to put them over the top, he is not going to produce anything like he did in his long-ago prime, and he’s going to take up a roster spot and playing time that could benefit a younger player with real upside.

    Somebody explain this to me. What precisely is Kansas City’s plan?

    • tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      In signing Endy Chavez, the Royals were just making sure that they had a solid contingency plan in place for the role of “worst player on the team” should Jeff Francoeur go down with an injury (since ineffectiveness is clearly not going to cost Frenchy his OF gig).

  2. minimiggy - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Mazblast: The royals plan is to keep payroll cheap and pretend like they are actually trying to win

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Guy went 3-for-3 for the O’s when I was playing MLB 10 the other day so I’m sure that’s a sign he’s still got it.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Against Doc no less. Dark horse MVP candidate right here.

  5. virusgvr - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Oh Jesus… This guy is still around???

  6. hushbrother - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    God the Royals are stupid.

  7. gvbulldogs - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Not as stupid as the CHIEFS!!!!!!!!

  8. joerymi - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Jesus, just retire.

    He had a really nice career and had career earnings near $100 Million.

  9. tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I feel like this move encapsulates much of how strange 2012 was for baseball.

    Edwin Jackson got $52 million, Angel Pagan got $40 million, Shane Victorino got $39 million, Cody Ross got $26 million. Ben Sheets made a great comeback, on a team that is loaded with pitching. Jamie Moyer was a starter for the Rockies at 49 years old and by season’s end was still (statistically) one of their better starters despite being cut less than halfway through the season. Kris Medlen went from afterthought and former prospect to one of baseball’s most dominating pitchers in 2012.

    The Red Sox traded a bunch of albatross contracts in the biggest salary dump ever, then the Marlins went out and trumped that. The Dodgers went from flat broke to spending half a billion dollars in an offseason. The Mets finally had a pitcher toss a no-hitter. Phil Humber had a perfect game and an ERA north of 6.40 in the same season. A knuckleball pitcher won the NL Cy Young and then got traded to the AL.

    The Orioles went from 69 to 93 wins. The Oakland A’s made an improbable run to the division crown. The Pirates completed the largest collapse in baseball history, finishing under .500 after being 16 games over .500, and had their 20th straight losing season clinched by being no-hit for the first time in 40+ years.

    And to top it all off: somehow, some way, Johnny Damon, Miguel Batista, and Miguel Tejada continue to get new jobs as players.

  10. kirkvanhouten - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    If the headline was:
    “Tigers sign Miguel Tejada to minor league contract” it would be a headscratcher

    If the headline was
    “Braves sign Miguel Tejada to minor league contract” it would be a headscratcher

    But
    “Royals sign Miguel Tejada to minor league contract”…makes perfect sense, because *of course* that’s what the Royals would do.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    never realized how much the Royals and Jays kinda make the same stupid moves. no wonder neither team has made the playoffs in the last 2 decades

    • Mark - Jan 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      I know, right? The Jays signed Tim Raines! Tim Raines! God, how stupid are they? Did they not know he was retired?

      At least Tejada has only been out of baseball since 2011 and will be 39 this year. Raines hasn’t played since 2002! And he’ll be 53 this season!

  12. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    If he steals the place of a young bat that needs ML experience then this is a waste. But the Royals are not going anywhere, EVER, so who cares.

  13. fuddpucker - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    The Royals dreams died when their beloved owner died and at the same time Brett retired and we had the big baseball strike of 1994.

    This was more than a “perfect storm” that smacked down KC. It was a perfect assassination.

  14. xjokerz - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    hey..atleast they have a nice big LED screen at their park…

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