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Report: Marlins close to signing Miguel Tejada

May 16, 2014, 1:50 PM EST

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Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Marlins are close to signing Miguel Tejada to a minor-league contract.

Tejada spent last season in a part-time role with the Royals, hitting .288 with three homers and a .695 OPS in 167 plate appearances spread over 53 games. He was placed on the disabled list in August with a calf injury and then shortly after that received a 105-game suspension for repeated amphetamine usage. Another positive test would lead to a lifetime ban.

All of which makes the Marlins signing him an odd move. Tejada is 40 years old, hasn’t posted an OPS above .700 since 2009, and can no longer handle shortstop defensively. They must really want the former MVP around in a possible utility role.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    This guy is harder to kill than Jason.

    • moogro - May 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      tWtW?

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Lies to congress
    Lies about his age
    Caught multiple times cheating
    40 years old

    Sure, bring him into the clubhouse and back to the majors
    What a joke

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Why? He’s a perfect fit for Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua. Clearly, they’re looking down the road. Aside from the VETERAN PRESENCE he brings, anyone who is as willing to lie to anyone anytime anywhere is tailor made for the Feesh’s public relations department. Hard as it may be to believe, there are ackcherley things that even those two could learn from a guy like Tejada.

      • jerze2387 - May 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Looks like Tejada mostly lied to the government (birth certificate, roids)

        Who among us DOESNT lie to the law?

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Actually I’m going to flip flop and support this move, I’d love to see him busted again for steroids.

        Would that be a lifetime ban?

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Naaahhh, if he got busted again Scrooge would be orf the hook for his salary. Wouldn’t that be a barren source of amusement?

      • natstowngreg - May 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Considering he would, most likely, make the MLB minimum (maybe a little more), yeah, that would be pretty barren. Much more satisfying to get out from under a huge salary. Don’t the Yankees have a guy like that? What’s-His-Name?

  3. jerze2387 - May 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Furcal. Tejada. Casey mcgehee. Garrett jones.

    They’re officially trying to build the team from “major league”

    Or they’re trying to offset the youthful talent (yelich, ozuna, Stanton, Dietrich, hechavarria) with the oldest available players

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I suggest that they have so far proven more successful with your second option.

      • jerze2387 - May 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Maybe. Although their home/away splits in wins and losses leads me to believe they also travel on the prop plane, leding credibility to option 1

  4. RickyB - May 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Paging Dr. Frankenstein …

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      That’s pronounced Fronk-en-shteen, please.

  5. lingerie00yardsale - May 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    This is where malcontents go to die, so this makes sense.

    I believe they buried what was left of Aaron Rowand at the Spring Training facility in the spring of 2012.

  6. xdj511 - May 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    At first I was like, whoa. But then I was like, WHOA.

    Has he served any of that 105 game suspension yet? Is he even going to be eligible to play anytime soon?

    I’d be shocked, SHOCKED if he ever makes it to the bigs.

    • mikhelb - May 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Nope, but maybe MLB will reduce his suspension in half like they did with Manny Ramírez.

      He! it would be fun if he receives a reduction and ARod asks for the same because it would not be the first time a recurring PED user gets a reduction.

  7. genericcommenter - May 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I think he had like 0 extra base hits in a big chunk of a AAA season a couple years back. He hasn’t really been useful in 5 years.

    I find it interesting that some guys who were still really, really good were blackballed, yet this guy keeps getting chances with his track record. I guess because he kind of just slips in at the right tier of player- was a legit player but didn’t threaten any records or anything to make people upset.

  8. miguelcairo - May 16, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    So he can do steroids for the fourth time?

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