The Baltimore Orioles have signed Miguel Tejada with the intention of playing him at third base this year.
Garret Atkins will move across the diamond to first base.
Last season as the short stop in Houston he hit .313/.340/.455 with 46 doubles and 14 home runs.
Tejada, 35, was traded to Houston in December of 2007 a day before he was named in the Mitchell Report as a steroid user. The news wasn’t exactly surprising as former teammate Rafael Palmerio had said the two used to inject each other while on the Orioles.
There’s also the chance Tejada could see some playing time at shortstop but the O’s thus far seem alright with Cesar Izturis starting at the position.
The terms of the deal are unknown and while Tejada may be a polarizing figure based on his first stint with the O’s he does upgrade the offense. Ty Wiggington figures to now be used primarily as a corner infield replacement.
Make no mistake of it. This signing helps the Orioles continue to move in the right direction. You can only market the idea that the club is young for so long. It’s time the Orioles started to win some games and you need guys who can play baseball well to do that.
Baltimore won 64 games last year and 68 the year before. The last time they won more then 70 games came in 2007 when Tejada was still with the club.
Tejada can still hit, his defense at third may be a little shaky to start the year but the Orioles haven’t locked themselves into anything long term here. Tejada will get to play daily and the Orioles won’t be locked into anything long term at third like they were in previous years with Melvin Mora.