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Marlins sign Miguel Tejada

May 19, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

Miguel Tejada AP AP

Making official what was reported last week, the Marlins and Miguel Tejada have agreed to a minor-league contract.

Tejada is still serving a 105-game suspension for amphetamines–he earned it by testing positive three different times–so the 40-year-old former MVP will report to Single-A and wait to be cleared for game action.

He can no longer handle shortstop defensively and hasn’t been an above-average hitter since 2009, but the Marlins apparently feel it’s still worth looking past the suspension to have him around. Last season he hit .288 with three homers and a .695 OPS in 53 games as a part-time player for the Royals.

  1. gabeguterres - May 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Another clear example of why baseball does not need more teams.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Another clear example of why baseball needs to cull its ownership ranks from time to time.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      If teams weren’t so worried about service time we’d see plenty of kids called up rather than a retread like this guy

  2. Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Brilliant signing. I know it’s not much but it sure beats laying out real money to sign some truly washed up has-been like, oh, Miguel Cabrera to an extension.

    • pelumaad - May 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Now they can trade him to the Braves for Uggla…..?????

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        If the Braves will continue to pay Uggla’s salary, sure.

  3. watermelon1 - May 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Miss this guy as Melvin Mora in Baltimire. Wasn’t until Manny Machado came that the healing could begin. Still pretty painful to watch most of this team play though.

    Too bad they didn’t trade Adam jones and nick markakis when they were heavily overrated.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I am surprised it wasn’t the Yankees, as they continue to reassemble the 2005 All Star team.

  5. 1harrypairatesties - May 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Old Gator,

    Do you really think Miguel Cabrera is washed up? You think he’s havin’ a bad year or somethin’?

    Games: 39
    AB: 158
    Hits: 50
    HR: 7
    RBI: 39
    AVG: .316

    Stats as of today May 19th.
    Those don’t look like stats of a guy who’s “washed up” to me.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      No, but it sure does look like someone who can’t read a sarcasm font spent an awful lot of time compiling stats for nothing.

    • raysfan1 - May 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      OG was joking/trolling. You took the bait.

      • raysfan1 - May 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        There is also some pain and disgust behind the sarcastic humor, seeing as his Marlins were Cabrera’s team his first 5 MLB seasons and anyone with a brain knew just how good he was…but now they are signing has-been, PED-tainted players for their infield.

    • nbjays - May 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      WHIFF!!!

      That’s the sound of you totally missing the context of Gator’s comment. Sort of like Adam Jones on anything down and away.

  6. 1harrypairatesties - May 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Old Gator,

    It took a whole 30 seconds of my time to copy & paste the stats from mlb.com. Didn’t catch the sarcasm the first time I read your comments. I guess that’s what I get for quickly trying to read & post about something while on a 2 minute toilet break at work.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Domini domini domini, flush three times and go and compile stats no more…thou art forgiven.

  7. chaseutley - May 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Look! The Marlins have discovered a loophole that allows them to sign a guy and not pay him. Well played, Mr. Loria. Well played indeed.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Scrooge McLoria didn’t discover that loophole. He invented it.

  8. bmadormo - May 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Marlins should have a decent minor league system-why would u need to bring Tejada in

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