Padres Acquire Miguel Tejada

The Padres were supposed to be trading Adrian Gonzalez right about now. Instead, they traded for someone to hit behind him. The Padres and Orioles agreed to a deal that will send Miguel Tejada and cash to San Diego for minor league pitcher Wynn Pelzer.

Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, is no longer an elite hitter. In fact, he's hitting just .269/.308/.362 this season. His defense has also been below-average in recent years, according to UZR, though he can play third or shot.

Tejada makes $6MM this year and the Padres and Orioles will split the $2.2MM remaining on his contract. He projects as a Type B free agent, though an offer of arbitration seems unlikely.

Baseball America ranked Pelzer seventh among all Padres prospects before the season. The 24-year-old is a power pitcher whose fastball sits in the mid-90s. As a starter, he has a 4.20 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 in AA this year, but BA said he could become a closer in time.

The Cardinals and Phillies also showed interest in Tejada this month.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun first reported that a deal seemed likely and added detail later on. MLB.com's Corey Brock and Dan Hayes of the North County Times also contributed elements of the story. The Orioles and Padres have confirmed the deal.


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  1. ju1ced 5 years ago

    Jays flipped Gose for Tejada.

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Dan Connolly just reported that the Padres are in on Tejada pending League Approval. So it looks like something is going down there. My guess is something like Wynn Pelzer for Miggy.

  3. sdsuphilip 5 years ago

    Bell is scratched? Id give up Castro for Bell and Tejada, not sure why Bell was scratched

    • He was scratched from the minor league game, I think. That way he can come up and fill in for Tejada.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      To replace Miggy on the roster…

    • Greg Murphy 5 years ago

      Bell is scratched from the AAA lineup because he is being promoted to the Orioles in a concurrent move. It wouldn’t make any sense to package them together.

    • Bell was scratched from the AAA Norfolk lineup and is headed to join the Orioles in Kansas City.

    • melonis_rex 5 years ago

      Yeah, more the reason to believe something’s happening.

    • sportsnut969 5 years ago

      Really that may be to much for Castro. The Padres according to local media in Cleveland offered Castro for Westbrook but was turned down because that refused to take on any of Westbrooks 7 mil salary.This Westbrook deal for Castro still may happen, several locally thinks right before the deadline that the Padres will decided to split the difference and take on 3 mil still owed to Westbrook so this deal can get done.

    • letsgogiants 5 years ago

      Bell was scratched because he is going to be called up to take Tejada’s place/roster spot.

    • Why? 3 of the Padres 10 top prospects are at 3B, and Chase Headley looks to be the franchise 3B anyway, why would you trade away a position of need to help a position of strength?

      • MrBoomBoom 5 years ago

        Im sorry, did you say that Chase Headley was the “franchise 3B anyway”??…3 years since he was called up and he has produced SQUAT!!!..and he’s the “franchise 3B”??…thats the funnieset thing Ive read n here in awwhile…LOLOL. Tell me something..if he’s the “franchise 3B”, why did the Padres trade for a guy to play at 3rd?…and anyone who thinks that Tejada wont get most of the time at 3rd is kidding themselves. Miggie brings a veteran presence (needed down the stretch) and his glove is comparable to Headley’s.

        And personally, I think he’ll step up with the bat, the last few months. They didnt give up a guy that we had to keep by all means…this is a “win/win” for the Pads from where I stand. They get some more money to make another trade and there will be more guys available on waivers after the 31st.

      • MrBoomBoom 5 years ago

        Im sorry, did you say that Chase Headley was the “franchise 3B anyway”??…3 years since he was called up and he has produced SQUAT!!!..and he’s the “franchise 3B”??…thats the funnieset thing Ive read n here in awwhile…LOLOL. Tell me something..if he’s the “franchise 3B”, why did the Padres trade for a guy to play at 3rd?…and anyone who thinks that Tejada wont get most of the time at 3rd is kidding themselves. Miggie brings a veteran presence (needed down the stretch) and his glove is comparable to Headley’s.

        And personally, I think he’ll step up with the bat, the last few months. They didnt give up a guy that we had to keep by all means…this is a “win/win” for the Pads from where I stand. They get some more money to make another trade and there will be more guys available on waivers after the 31st.

  4. bevothephenom 5 years ago

    busy busy day

  5. Padres confirmed the trade. Done deal.

  6. padreshobo 5 years ago

    What did we have to give up . . .

  7. Dodgers get Posednik, Padres get Tejada… What will the Giants get?

    If Sabean think the Giants can score ten runs a game, hopefully today’s game will wake him up. One hit through seven.

  8. I’m happy for Miggy. He deserves better than my putrid O’s.

    I think being in a playoff hunt will light a fire under his rear. Best of luck come playoff time Pads fans! :-)

  9. rsoxmaulage 5 years ago

    Wynn was the Padres #7 prospect according to BA. Pretty good return for Miggy.

    • greengrove 5 years ago

      I can promise you he was no longer the 7th best prospect in the Padres organization.

      • rsoxmaulage 5 years ago

        Looking at his stats it does seem he took a dip but that may be because he was being challenged at AA. Also, for an aging 3B with a OPS of .670, a cost-controlled back-of-the-rotation/middle reliever for 6 years is a pretty good return.

        • fnpadre 5 years ago

          When you put in terms of arb. years, then _any_ return is going to look good. Both sides did well on this one. Pelzer was the Padres 3rd best pitching prospect going into the year (behind Luebke and Castro) but he may be no higher than 5th after his ugly AA showing.

          • rsoxmaulage 5 years ago

            And I think that’s exactly why the Orioles won the trade. Getting an okay prospect for Miguel is a win in my book.

          • Pelzer has control issues and is inconsistant, I have him ranked currently below luebke, castro, poreda, gomes, italiano, hefner, lollis, and sampson. I have yet to see Pelzer show enough improvement to believe he will be anything more than a career minor leaguer. High ceiling but very low floor

          • 4.20 ERA is ugly? What world are you living in?

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            Um…the one where Pelzer’s strikeout rate dropped, his walk rate jumped, and he proved he couldn’t hack it as a starter in the best pitcher’s park in the Texas League.

            Don’t get me wrong though, I’d love to live in your world some day…you know, the one where Jason Werth gets traded to the Padres. Stop being bitter at me because your lame rumor mongering didn’t actually come true.

        • greengrove 5 years ago

          An aging 3B playing for a terrible team though. Now that he’s back in the race I’m sure he can provide some help, at least against lefty starters. Wynn was simply a middling prospect and was never likely to improve a pitching staff as loaded as the Padres. So if Tejada helps even a little, Padres fans will be happy with the trade.

          • rsoxmaulage 5 years ago

            You can’t really quantify how being back in the race will affect Tejada’s performance. True that he may not help out now for the Padres, but down the line he could have been valuable depth if injuries had popped up.

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            That’s the point…injuries _have_ popped up. Tejada helps NOW. Eck is already on the DL and JHJ nearly had a broken hand the very next day. The Padres were _this_ close to having a middle infield consisting of Everth Cabrera, Lance Zawadzki, and Oscar Salazar. Yuck!

          • basemonkey 5 years ago

            I agree. The Padres did well for themselves. Tejada is still learning the position at 3B. He doesn’t quite come in or go back on the balls the way he should sometimes, and, plays into an error that should be made. I had issues with his positioning, which all of that stems from, but overall he is a good fielder with more than enough arm for 3B. Given more time, and more situations at the position, I think he can turn a solid 3B who smartly positions himself well.

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            Good insight…thanks basemonkey. I don’t think the Padres think that Tejada can just step in and play either SS or 3B on a regular basis at a really high level, but he at least provides another option to Chase Headley when there’s a lefty on the hill, and prevents Cabrera from being totally overmatched day after day.

          • I see Tejada as an upgrade to Matt Stairs. The Padres should waive stairs. Tejada can pinch hit often and play early in games until a defensive replacement is needed.

          • basemonkey 5 years ago

            Pretty decent thought. The only problem is that Tejada runs against the grain in what you normally expect with a righthanded batter. He sucks vs. LHPs. At the expense of the Os for years, it’s pretty typical to see Tejada rollove into a groundball DP vs. lefties. The Orioles have sucked vs. LHPs for a long time now, and Tejada was one of the reasons why. He hits into a ton of doubleplays. That being said, it has a lot to do with his batspeed and excellent contact rates.

          • Hairston DIDNT break his hand and Eckstein will be back in 6 days. So you are saying this trade is about ONE WEEK of baseball? Are you serious?

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            Thanks for putting words in my mouth…and way to ignore a whole season lack of middle infield depth.

          • You may not be able to predict what effect playing in a pennant race will have on him, but you CAN predict with some certainty how Petco will affect Tejada’s performance.

            It will shave 18.5% off his already minuscule power numbers overall and 37% in Petco (currently has a .093 ISO) and about 40 points off his batting average.

          • basemonkey 5 years ago

            I might agree that he performs better in a lineup where he might see more fastballs, but he played in Camden Yards. To me, the declining HRs in a bandbox might offset a higher AVG he may enjoy in a better lineup but bigger stadium. It’s a wash there.

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            Petco plays fine for a RH pull hitter, especially with the weather warming up when the air isn’t as thick and heavy. As long as Miggy stays away from right-center, he’ll fit right in.

          • basemonkey 5 years ago

            You would know better than I on the park factor of Petco…but, I think outside of the random homerun, we can pretty much forget counting on Tejada for HRs. He’s not that kind of hitter anymore, that is, you can’t expect him to pop 8 or so HRs/month like in his prime. I think we’d be in solid ground expecting maybe 5 or so more HRs until the season ends.

          • basemonkey 5 years ago

            That being said, Tejada is still a good veteran bat…esp. if he gets protection from Adrian I expect him to crack some clutch hits. Even if his power isn’t what it’s used to be, he can be very good clutch RBI man. You just have to watch out for the doubleplays with him.

          • His BA should drop about 40 points playing in Petco.

  10. baconslayer09 5 years ago

    This was a stupid trade by San Diego.

    Tejada sucks. He can’t get on base (.306 OBP) and he can’t hit for power (.362 SLG, .093 ISO). In Petco, the power is going to go down even more.

    Meanwhile, Jerry Hairston, who is having a down offensive year BTW, has an OBP of .308 and a SLG of .355 and a .103 ISO. Not to mention he’s a much better defender than Tejada with his 7.1 UZR at SS.

    I really doubt Tejada would be a utility man in San Diego. If I’m a Padres fan, I’d be pissed that he would be taking time away from Hairston, who with his stellar defense, is actually having a good season.

    • fnpadre 5 years ago

      Hairston will still play…especially with Eckstein out. It’s Everth Cabrera that is going to see a drop in ABs, which is probably good since he’s been pretty awful this year.

      • greengrove 5 years ago

        FnPadre is exactly right.

      • baconslayer09 5 years ago

        It makes a little more sense then. Still, I really doubt Tejada has the ability to play a good SS.

        Defense and pitching are what have gotten the Padres this far. Having a vulnerability in one of the most defensive heavy positions isn’t exactly a good thing. I also don’t see much upside in Tejada’s bat.

        • fnpadre 5 years ago

          Tejada’s a better option than Everth Cabrera right now, period. That’s why this deal was made. His bat isn’t what it was, but it’s better than Cabrera’s .244 wOBA.

          • baconslayer09 5 years ago

            I didn’t realize that Eckstein got hurt.

          • Braaaaack. Wrong answer, but thanks for playing.

            0.1 WAR vs 0.0 WAR.

            And that does not take into account the precipitous drop in Tejada’s batting average and power numbers once he starts trying to hit in Petco.

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            Go ahead. Try and tell me that Cabrera is a better option for us. This should be good…

        • sd2va77 5 years ago

          Tejada will be playing 2nd and 3rd more often than anywhere else.

      • corey23 5 years ago

        exactly… i was at the game last night and cabrera… does not look good. hairston jr looked good with his 3 rbi… can’t have too many bats, san diego doesn’t exactly have a deep bench with all the injuries

      • I agree. If Cabrera was hitting anything over .250 I dont think the Padres would make this aquisition. Hairston will play second and Tejada sometimes in short, sometimes at 3rd and mostly a pinch hitter.

        • ummm ECKSTEIN will play 2b in 6 days. Is this trade about filling one weeks gap in the roster until Eckstein returns?

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            The same problem will be there when Eckstein comes off the DL…no depth in the middle infield.

    • Hairston will continue to play 2nd…Tejada will play some SS and spell Headley at third on occasion.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years ago

      Your an idiot dude… Our shortstop is hitting.200 with 1 bomb and is constantly leaving men on base… you really think Miggy isn’t a upgrade for right now? especially with Eck out this is a great deal.. Hairston jr over to SS an Migs at 2nd hopefully or SS – I love this move and I hope they still have 1 move in the hole to surprise us

      • mstrchef13 5 years ago

        Keep in mind that if Tejada could still play an adequate SS, he’d have signed somewhere else in the offseason. He signed with the O’s because he *knew* he couldn’t play the position anymore and had finally accepted that he had to move to 3B. He also signed with the O’s because he knew that the team would give him every opportunity to continue his career no matter how bad he looked at the position (he looked adequate but not spectacular, still has his arm though) and he still maintained a house in the Baltimore area two years after he was traded away.

        I wish him well in San Diego. I will root for any team that isn’t the Dodgers.

        • baconslayer09 5 years ago

          Tejada no longer has the range to play SS. 2B, maybe.

          • This is about a bat, he may get some starts early due to eck being out. Once eck comes back Tejada becomes primarily a pinch hitter.

          • If this trade about acquiring a bat its an even WORSE trade.

            He is hitting .269 with minimal power (a .093 ISO) in a hitters park and now he is moving to an extreme pitchers park. Just take 40 points off his batting average now and you will be real close to what he will hit as a Padre.

            So he is the equal of Oscar Salazar for good prospect AND a couple million dollars.

            Why? Why bother to make a trade if it does nothing to improve the team?

        • Tejada has been THE worst defensive 3B in the AL this season.

          • fnpadre 5 years ago

            Pssst….UZR doesn’t really count for half a season’s worth of data. Pass it on…

  11. drew6 5 years ago

    Now they sould go for Maholm, Lilliy or Guthrie

    • Pittsburgh_Pirates 5 years ago

      what do you think the Pirates could get for Maholm???

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        not a lot. unless they pay some salary like they did for Freddy Sanchez to get better prospects.

  12. schlom 5 years ago

    Why would the cash be going from San Diego to Baltimore? It has to be going the other way right?

    • greengrove 5 years ago

      They wont be sending cash, they’ll just be paying for Tejada’s contract… Hence the “salary relief.”

  13. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    solid move for the padres, gives them a potential power bat. Plus it’s low risk because the O’s are paying for most of it.

  14. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years ago

    Oh baby 1978 throw back day and Latos on the mound…. love is in the air

  15. penpaper 5 years ago

    Wait, he’s not playing short is he? That wouldn’t a good idea. Headley back to RF, Tejada to 3B, Jr to SS, ECab to 2nd until Eckstein returns.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years ago

      I guess it’s a we shall see how they work it out type of thing…that sounds good too

  16. Padres are going to pay about half of the 2.2 left to Tejada

  17. Beersy 5 years ago

    Tejada couldn’t play short for Baltimore, I have no idea why Hoyer thinks he can man that position for a playoff caliber club. I just don’t like this move. It makes no sense defensively and that’s what the Padres are built around. I hope this move doesn’t come back to bite them in the a$$.

    • ugen64 5 years ago

      it’s not that he “couldn’t” play short – it’s just that we’d rather have Izturis (SS) – Tejada (3B) rather than Tejada (SS) – Atkins (3B) or something like that. There weren’t a lot of 3B options available that wanted to join the Orioles…

  18. rizdak 5 years ago

    Can I flip Miguel Tejada and Jed Hoyer to get Kevin Towers?

  19. rizdak 5 years ago

    Can I flip Miguel Tejada and Jed Hoyer to get Kevin Towers?

  20. Padres_Fan_2010 5 years ago

    I was worried we would of trade Corey Lubeke or Simon Castro but I hope they don’t trade either and good pickup for SD

  21. What a joke this trade is.

    Tejada projects as a .229 hitter in Petco with 2-3 home runs for the remaining 2 months while playing REALLY poor defense at whatever position he plays. He was THE worst defensive 3B in the AL and he is not any better at shortstop.

    The ONLY player on the squad he is an improvement over is Stairs.

    And the Padres are paying $2 million PLUS a decent AA starter for that?

    WTF is Hoyer thinking?

    This trade smacks of desperation. The Padres needed to show fans that they were “serious about winning” so they went out and got a 36 year old, washed up former steroid user with a name that fans would recognize instead of a good player regardless of whether fans recognized his name.

    • Beersy 5 years ago

      I agree with you, but I hope we are both wrong. Theriot was the guy hoyer should have gone after. He hits for avg, runs well and plays decent defense. Sounds like the ” new ” version of Padre Hoyer is trying to build a team out of. Even Bloomquist would have fit in better. A versatile player who can play anywhere and run a bit.

      I really hope that being in a playoff race is the fountain of youth for Tejada and that Hoyer isn’t done yet. I don’t think he should make wholesale changes, but They could use a starter for when they go to a 6 man rotation. Go Padres.

      • fnpadre 5 years ago

        Bloomquist is pure awful. It’s very confusing for you to say Tejada sucks in one breath and then come right back and sing the praises of Willie Bloomquist of all people….it’s like he’s swinging a plastic wiffle ball bat at the plate. If you’re a singles hitter with zero power, you have to do better than hit .240 with a sub-.300 OBP.

        • Beersy 5 years ago

          I’m not singing the praises of Bloomquist and I didn’t say Tejada sucks. I’m just saying that a team built on pitching and defence is going to have a hard time finding a spot for Tejada to play. Bloomquist can play any position and steal the odd base. He wouldn’t be my 1st choice, but he would fit in with what the Padres are doing. I really hope I’m wrong and Tejada surprises me. Go Padres.

    • Beersy 5 years ago

      I agree with you, but I hope we are both wrong. Theriot was the guy hoyer should have gone after. He hits for avg, runs well and plays decent defense. Sounds like the ” new ” version of Padre Hoyer is trying to build a team out of. Even Bloomquist would have fit in better. A versatile player who can play anywhere and run a bit.

      I really hope that being in a playoff race is the fountain of youth for Tejada and that Hoyer isn’t done yet. I don’t think he should make wholesale changes, but They could use a starter for when they go to a 6 man rotation. Go Padres.

  22. I don’t like it, no bueno.

  23. sd2va77 5 years ago

    This is a solid move by Hoyer to solidify the IF depth. You get a guy with playoff experience who can play both positions in the MI on a team with a beat up second baseman, and a struggling, young SS. This also gives the Padres the flexability to give Headley a day or two off…hopefully against LH pitching because he is putrid from the right side. You get a veteran presence with playoff experience.

    Web, almost 60 % of the Padres remaining games will be played on the road…but he will be just fine as a pull hitter in Petco.

    Pelzer projects as a reliever which is something we have plenty of on the Major league level as well as throughout the minors…He would never have seen the big club for 2-3 more years as there is a long line in front of him. Don’t be another bitter fan of the FO when your team is 20 games over .500 and the best team in the NL.

    Just like like the Torrealba, Hairston Jr, and Garland move…I think we will all come to like this one!

  24. charleslawlesss 5 years ago

    i think today it will busy baseball maybe arod might hit 600

  25. ChinMusic 5 years ago

    I’m damn happy about this. Everth Cabrera is having a very Enzo-like year. We’re gonna miss having his glove out there, but then the Pads haven’t had to show off the leather a lot this year. Some solid not-screwing-up-the-easy-play should suffice.

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