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Miguel Tejada makes the Royals at age 38

Mar 29, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Miguel Tejada AP

After not playing in the majors at all last season Miguel Tejada has made the Royals’ Opening Day roster at age 38.

Tejada hit .353 in 15 spring training games and also played regularly for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he hit just .259 with a .621 OPS in 35 games at Triple-A for the Orioles last season, hasn’t topped a .700 OPS in the big leagues since 2009, was brutally bad for the Giants in 2011, and ceased being capable of playing shortstop years ago.

Presumably he’ll have a limited role as a utility infielder, but Kansas City will pay him $1.1 million and he can earn another $200,000 in bonuses based on playing time.

  1. carbydrash - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    “Miguel Tejada makes the Royals at age 38”

    Of course he does.

    Oh Kansas City Royals…why must you always hurt those who wish good things for you.

  2. bigdognaj - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Which is 43 in Dominican years…

    • badintent - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Si senor, es much viejo para jungando mucho. Tiempo para mi steriods.Gracias.Hasta la vista.BABY

  3. sportsdrenched - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    “Presumably he’ll have a limited role as a utility infielder”

    Yeah, we were told the same thing with the YuniBomber, and as much as the Royals broadcast has tried to “sell” him to the fanbase you can bet he’ll be used more than he should.

    • kiwicricket - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Rex Hudler trumpeting an awful, near useless utility player???
      Well that doesn’t sound right!

  4. unclemosesgreen - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    He’s still better than Yuniesky Betancourt. Baby steps, Dayton, baby steps.

  5. ezthinking - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Where is all the out cry about guys just playing the game for the money. Sign a big deal and disappear. Baseball is not about the game, it’s about the money…. Oh, you mean these guys actually like to play baseball???????

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