Orioles Agree To Sign Miguel Tejada

Miguel Tejada arrived in Baltimore with a $72MM contract and the promise of MVP-caliber play six offseasons ago. This time, the expectations are more moderate and so is Tejada's contract. The Orioles agreed to a one-year, $6MM deal with the infielder, who will play third for the first time in his MLB career. 

Baltimore already signed one corner infielder, Garrett Atkins, so Tejada will play third and Atkins will play first. The 35-year-old Tejada hit .313/.340/.455 for the Astros last season, with pretty drastic home-road splits. UZR/150 tells us that Tejada's defense cost the Astros ten-plus runs last year, though that was at a different position than the one the O's will have him play.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun first reported the deal and Jon Heyman of SI.com added the terms.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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84 Comments on "Orioles Agree To Sign Miguel Tejada"


mattmccarty
5 years 7 months ago

Welcome back Miggy!

Rashomon
5 years 7 months ago

I guess this means Crede might be back in Minnesota.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

Might be a trade with Pittsburgh for LaRoche. A good match for both teams.

pr4
5 years 7 months ago

and what of Atkins?

Piccamo
5 years 7 months ago

Atkins moves over to First.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

YES!!!!!! Miggy is an O!!

NYYANKEES
5 years 7 months ago

Sucks for Crede.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Hold on a minute Crede fans…(NYYANKEES and jasenn), If they play Miggy at short that could open the door for Crede at 3rd. We all know Miggy doesn’t have the same range as he did 5 years ago but who knows? Dave Trembley may want to expierement.

Omazing
5 years 7 months ago

Welcome back Miggy!!!!
Crede blows & is handicap. 3 Years, 3 Major SPINAL Injuries – .190 vs AL East from ’07-09

1. Roberts 2B (Switch) – 179 H, 285 Total Bases, 56 Dub’s, 74 BB, 30 SB
2. Tejada 3B (Right) – .367 (106/289) batting 2nd in ’09, 26 out of 46 Dub’s. 199 H, 86 RBI, Clutch.
3. Markakis RF (Left) – 188 H, 291 TB, 101 RBI, .302 Career avg vs. AL East, .311 Runners on ’09, .299 RISP
4. Reimold LF (Right) – .304 avg, 7HR vs AL East, 24 HR between Majors/Norfolk last year.
5. Wieters C (Switch) – .500 avg (6/12) batting 5th, .343 career minor avg
6. Jones CF (Right) – Should improve lower in the lineup..hopefully
7. Scott DH (Left) – Make it or Break it year
8. Atkins 1B (Right) – .293 career BA w/ RISP, .283 last year.
9. Izturis SS (Switch) – .310 BA at OPACY, Hit .290(38/131) as RHB

not_brooks
5 years 7 months ago

I just threw up thinking about Miguel Tejada batting second for the Orioles.

Think of how many times you’ll hear, “Flip to second, throw to first, double play! And Tejada ruins another shot at an O’s rally!”

Omazing
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah you can’t hate his production though. Tejada batting clean-up might be more of the GIDP problem. Let me also point out that Roberts hit 56 doubles last year, so maybe that won’t be much of an issue. & it’s a big time relief to not sign Joe Crede in my mind.

basemonkey
5 years 7 months ago

Miggy’s a 3B. Atkins’ original position is 1B before he broke through on a team with Helton in his prime.

I think Tejada might end up being a 5 hole guy eventually.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

19 walks and a .323 BABIP that is bound to go down. That’s what you want in a #2 hitter? Ok…

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

Unless Tejada is playing half his games in Houston I can certainly hate his production. His home/away differences are staggering.

He’ll be lucky to post an OPS above 750. Combine that with below average defense and the guy isn’t great. Now, for $6m it isn’t a bad signing – just nothing to get overly excited about.

Piccamo
5 years 7 months ago

It is when a lot of people were talking about Crede instead.

boogandbrooks
5 years 7 months ago

tejada will hit third or cleanup 199 hits 313 average led the nl in doubles. welcome back miggy

care_bear
5 years 7 months ago

key word there is NL… not AL East

boogandbrooks
5 years 7 months ago

i don’t know what that means i the key word is al nl he hits 300 or close to that everywhere he has been. if it was the afc east he would hit. its what he does.

jcrabtree7
5 years 7 months ago

I thought Izturis had dropped being a switch hitter to focus on batting lefty.

518Ichirohasselback
5 years 7 months ago

Tejada won’t be batting second on a regular basis. Maybe on occasion, but I imagine Jones will be the #2 hitter for now.

1. Roberts
2. Jones
3. Markakis
4. Reimold
5. Tejada
6. Atkins
7. Scott
8. Wieters
9. Izturis

Wieters= overated. He’s not that good.

Piccamo
5 years 7 months ago

Jones is not a good fit for the 2-hole. He doesn’t get on base enough and his power should justify a spot in the middle of the lineup (5th or 6th).

Wieters did pretty well in his debut, let’s save the “overrated” rhetoric until we have at least a full season of data.

basemonkey
5 years 7 months ago

Wieters is pretty good. He wasn’t swinging for power too much last year but still accidentally hit opposite field pop fly HRs. I don’t know how you could say he’s one way or another without any extended data on him. Or, maybe you just like to be a go against the grain for the sake of it?

manrock
5 years 7 months ago

wieters is overated???? you sir have no idea what your talking about!

orioles2110
5 years 7 months ago

yess he is he got hot the last half of the year

boogandbrooks
5 years 7 months ago

wieters is going to have a brake out year he will be the best catcher in the al not in the twin cities. matusz will be a rookie of the year contender and win 16+ wins we may finish 4th this year. but we have more young tallent than anyone the al. this will be our decade.

care_bear
5 years 7 months ago

hate to say it as a sox fan, but weiters is good. Would love to have that kid as a long term solution at backstop.

chsbasebalplayer
5 years 7 months ago

wieters came on strong towards the end of the year i got the same line up but atkins and wieters flipped.

518Ichirohasselback
5 years 7 months ago

And you can’t say Wieters is a good #5 hitter based on 12 at-bats (3 games). Wieters will be a #8 hitter, #6 at best.

gwells
5 years 7 months ago

no. swap tejada and jones in that lineup. it makes no sense to hit jones 6 and tejada 2.

charmcitykid
5 years 7 months ago

good move by the o’s.. bringing tejada back could help land bedard too, this team could be the tampa bay from a couple years ago.

yankeepride3
5 years 7 months ago

Thank you for putting a bunch of unneeded stats in there.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

i particularly liked the random ‘clutch’ designation for Miggy

naraiford
5 years 7 months ago

O the irony of Tejada’s return. Great move by the Orioles their offense should be very exciting to watch this year top to bottom

dodgers1111
5 years 7 months ago

They have a nice team that will finish in 3rd or 4th place.

518Ichirohasselback
5 years 7 months ago

Yes… making all the moves, but no way they beat out the Yankees, Red Sox, or Rays. Maybe the Jays though….

Piccamo
5 years 7 months ago

That is fine. It will give the young guys a chance to develop more. No sense in rushing them from the minors.

jcrabtree7
5 years 7 months ago

So where does Ty Wigginton fit into this? Does it mean possibly Scott is traded? Maybe Wigginton himself is traded?

charmcitykid
5 years 7 months ago

Wigginton will be used off the bench and do alot of pitch hitting. And Scott is the everyday DH. They could put Wigginton in there at DH when they are facing LHP
not bad having guys like Wigginton and Pie coming off the bench

jcrabtree7
5 years 7 months ago

That could be near the top of MLB benchs when you have 2 possible starters coming off the bench. Perhaps the Red Sox as well, but it’s close.

Omazing
5 years 7 months ago

Michael Aubrey was most likely going to be the 1B starter if we didn’t sign a corner IF. He was a 1st Round Draft pick for the Indians and played very well in his 31 Games last year w/ the O’s. So I’ll bump that up to 3 possible starters. Pie, Wiggy, Aubrey

Never hurts to have depth. Especially with injury-prone players (Jones, Reimold) and streaky players (Scott, Atkins) & low-experienced youngstars.

osfan3000
5 years 7 months ago

i wouldnt lable jones and reimold injury proned yet….. Reimold played thru his injury and jones got hurt because he always gives 110%. They pretty much put them on the DL so that they could have some extra time to rehab so they could be 100% at the start of Spring Training.

bigpat
5 years 7 months ago

I’m guessing Wiggy is the utility guy, I don’t know?

Either way, I think this team has taken some solid steps towards winning now, and at least looking decent until all their young studs are ready to take over. I think they’d contend easily in pretty much any other division. Their lineup is solid and their rotation could be very good if Tillman and Matusz have good years.

They have tried to remain competitive in the past by signing declining guys to big deals, trying to compete with the Yanks and the Sox, but long term deals now are scare and the team won’t be set back by signing vets on one year deals.

bmore321
5 years 7 months ago

just worried about defense

Omazing
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed. Most our pitching are groundball pitchers which isn’t a bad thing but it might be w/ Tejada @ 3rd. No way of really being sure.

Cal Ripken switched from SS to 3B. His SS FP% was .982 & his 3B FP% .960
A-Rod also switched. SS: .977 3B: .962

I guess we’ll see in 2010 how Tejada fares. Unless they slide Izturis over(who has played 3B) – but that’s highly unlikely & makes little sense.

O’s Groundball %
70% Meredith, 54.5% J Johnson, 50.1% Bergesen, 48.9% Albers, 44.8% Hendrickson, 43.6% Bedard(Just throwing him in there b/c he’s the O’s next signing) 43.1% Millwood, 40.5% Gonzalez, 40.1% Sarfarte, 40.4% Guthrie

fladam
5 years 7 months ago

Not a bad move, Tejada will hopefully play well enough to become decent trade bait come july and net some more prospects to stock pile for next year. Because a trade will be the only way we will be able to land BIG TALENT until we start acting like the orioles we all remember.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I disagree…Who knows, the O’s may have a shot to compete this year or next. Bringing vets to the ballclub will pay off. The young players that the O’s have expieremented with in the past havent been bad, but we all know where the O’s have finished in recent years.

cardsfan06
5 years 7 months ago

I really don’t see them trading Tejada. Even if they do they won’t get much for him. Who is going to trade for a guy who is old and declining while giving up young promising talent?

finalfour_12
5 years 7 months ago

1. Roberts 2B (Switch) – 179 H, 285 Total Bases, 56 Dub’s, 74 BB, 30 SB
2. Jones CF (Right) – Should improve lower in the lineup..hopefully
3. Markakis RF (Left) – 188 H, 291 TB, 101 RBI, .302 Career avg vs. AL East, .311 Runners on ’09, .299 RISP
4. Reimold LF (Right) – .304 avg, 7HR vs AL East, 24 HR between Majors/Norfolk last year. 5. Wieters C (Switch) – .500 avg (6/12) batting 5th, .343 career minor avg
6. Tejada 3B (Right) – .367 (106/289) batting 2nd in ’09, 26 out of 46 Dub’s. 199 H, 86 RBI, Clutch.
7. Scott DH (Left) – Make it or Break it year
8. Atkins 1B (Right) – .293 career BA w/ RISP, .283 last year.
9. Izturis SS (Switch) – .310 BA at OPACY, Hit .290(38/131) as RHB

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

My favorite part is how you use a sample size of 12 AB to justify Wieters batting 5th.

basemonkey
5 years 7 months ago

where do you get 12 ABs from? He played 96 games last year and 350 ABs. He got moved later in the season to higher in the order after some torrid weeks of hitting. If there’s any hitter you try out higher in the order it’s Wieters. He basically posted a historically good minor league campaign. If you don’t give him a shot then who?

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

Did you even read the post I replied too? He said Wieters was 6/12 in the 5 spot in the order as if a sample size of 12 at bats meant something. Sure, he was hot later in the year. But I wouldn’t want to put the pressure of being a middle of the order bat on him unless he proves he can handle it.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

no miggy in Minn. = moar Punto!!! = WIN

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

They offer Washburn 5MM to be a in a 6 man fight for the 5th spot in the rotation (Liriano, Perkins, Duensing, Swarzack, Manship) but they can’t offer 6MM+ for a proven guy to play 3B!!! Looks like Punto and Harris starting 3B and 2B

5 years 7 months ago

I like how the Orioles are being built. If their young pitching comes together be scared. Matusz was just one of many to come.

Twilly7
5 years 7 months ago

While it looks like a good move, as a rockies fan that would worry me moving Atkins to first base as a permanent move. He was a satisfactory replacement for the Gold Glove Helton best, and the number of plays he messed up pulling off the bag too early or not having the stretch to get to (not to mention an inability to scoop the ball in the dirt well enough) caused much worry to fans through the season. With Tejada at 3rd, and Atkins at 1st, you’ll be sure to score some runs (if Atkins gets back on track, and I think he will) but you’ve just mortgaged your infield’s defense. You don’t have to agree with me, and maybe I’ll be proved wrong, but I’ve seen it first hand myself. He’s good, just not a starter at 1st.

osfan3000
5 years 7 months ago

wont really matter much when we trade them both at the trade deadline lol. they are just stop gaps for our 2 prospects that need half a season in the minors to get AB’s

518Ichirohasselback
5 years 7 months ago

I knew he would most likely return to Oakland or Baltimore..

Cheguiii
5 years 7 months ago

mmm i think they payed a little to much for him…

basemonkey
5 years 7 months ago

How much would be the right price? Both Beltre and Figgins got 9M/YR deals. Of all the GMs out there, it’s hard to imagine MacPhail overpaying anyone. If he is criticized it tends to be for his conservative and cheap strategies.

Beltre and Figgins were the top 3B guys out there. After them it’s a huge dropoff. Glaus got a incentive-laden one year deal around 1M, but he’s a major injury risk and older. Tejada is in his decline but he’s still technically above-average, and at the very least, he is the most durable option out there. If I am right he’s been on the DL once. Before that he was the reigning active Iron Man.

If he plays everyday at 3B at more or less the same rate as ’09, I think 6M is a solid market rate.