Orioles Release Miguel Tejada

The Orioles have released Miguel Tejada at his request according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com (on Twitter). Baltimore signed the 38-year-old to a minor league contract last month.

Tejada played 35 games with the team's Triple-A affiliate, hitting .260/.327/.290 in 147 plate appearances. He hit .239/.270/.326 in 343 plate appearances for the Giants last season before being released.

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  1. Lastings 3 years ago

    Only to be replaced by Melvin Mora…

  2. ColonelBoston 3 years ago

    And the Great Baltimore Nursing Home Cleanup continues…

  3. OrangeCards 3 years ago

    He was slugging .290 at Norfolk … That’s the end of the road, right?

    • Tony DiQuattro 3 years ago

      I sure hope so. It’s pretty clear that he’s older than his listed age because a former MVP shouldn’t be completely useless by his age 37 season.
      His best moment at the plate in SF last year was on a dropped fly ball.

      • Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

         While I agree with your statement about his age, I disagree with you saying that a former MVP “shouldn’t be completely useless” at 37.
        Here’s a list of former MVPs who were done by around that age:
        Jose Canseco
        Joe Medwick
        Hal Newhouser
        Roy Campanella
        Mickey Mantle
        Roger Maris
        Vida Blue
        Ryne Sandberg
        Terry Pendleton

        I could look up more, but I think I’ve made my point. 37 is just about the right age for an average major league player to be done.

        • Tony DiQuattro 3 years ago

          Tejada Age 37 OPS .596 in 343 PA’s

          From the fairly modern players:
          Canseco… Age 36 was his last season and had an OPS of .843 in over 300 PA’s
          Sandberg… Age 37 OPS .711, .760 the year before
          Pendleton… ok

          Blue… Age 36 ERA 3.26
          Maris was injured
          Mantle was an alcoholic, and even at age 36 had an OPS of .782 in 547 PA’s
          Campanella was a catcher
          Newhouser was a pitcher who was in the big leagues from age 18

      • In the St.Louis series.  I remember that.  Walkoff win, but again, it was dropped, so he was lucky.  It was honestly painful watching our line-up last year.

    • tomymogo 3 years ago

      Hope he realizes that

  4. Daniel B. 3 years ago

    he’s almost old enough for the royals to pick him up. 

  5. Driving Cat 3 years ago

    It’s about time. The Orioles seem to have been comporting themselves like tremendous jerks in regards to player acquisition and management over the last year, first signing that underage Korean player, then refusing to release a veteran player they had no use or plans for. Factor in the strong-arming they’re engaging in to keep Washington from developing into a true baseball market and I don’t know if we can find a club that’s acting in worse faith as of late.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      ‘nothing personal, just business’.

      • Driving Cat 3 years ago

        Spoken like a true Yankees fan. If all you care about is the numbers at the end of a season and not the players who produce them pick up a sudoku.

        • Slopeboy 3 years ago

          Spoken like a true hater. My quote is a famous line from the ‘Godfather’, that’s probably before your time and certainly way over your head. Your self righteous rant admondishing the O’s appears to be hollow indeed. Instead of disagreeing with my opinion and directing your rebuttal at me you take the opportunity to attack a fan base instead.
          Clearly, you have no idea how baseball business is conducted and know less about Yankees fans.

    • ugen64 3 years ago

      um… which veteran player did they refuse to release? if you’re talking about Dontrelle Willis, he was supposed to make his first start for Norfolk two days ago but got scratched because of illness. Tejada and Moyer were both granted their release…

    • Meh Sheep 3 years ago

      If the Nationals didn’t like the TV deal they should have moved somewhere else.  They can move back to Montreal or San Juan if they want their own TV market otherwise the team that already had the TV market gets the compensation they negotiated.  Move a team to Hartford and see how receptive the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets are.  It is a business. 

  6. Manny Being Manny 3 years ago

    I don’t get why the Orioles are signing all of these veterans if they have no plans to bring them up. All it’ll do is piss off these older players who don’t want to play in AAA.

    • ugen64 3 years ago

      that doesn’t make sense. why would you sign a *minor league contract* (which is what Moyer and Tejada signed) if you didn’t want to play in AAA? the whole purpose of this contract, unless I’m wildly mistaken, is for the player to play in the *minor leagues*. nobody’s holding a gun to their head and saying “you must sign this contract and play for our AAA team”.

      • Manny Being Manny 3 years ago

        The reason they’re signing that contract is to get into game shape so they can be brought up to the majors. Like with Moyers contract, his had an out if he wasn’t brought up in 3 weeks… and Orioles obviously never had any intention to bring him up since he had great stats in AAA and they still didn’t give him a chance. It seems to be pointless from both sides to do that stuff, so I doubt any more veterans will be signing AAA contracts with the Orioles anytime soon.

        • BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

          I think Arrieta pitching better recently is the only thing that stopped Moyer from coming up.  The only reason he got a second chance in the rotation is because Matusz decided to try bunting a ball off of his face and the O’s needed a spot starter.  Who really knows though.

  7. There’s just too many young guys making rosters these days it’s pushing the older guys to either DH in the AL, pinch hit off the bench in the NL or retire.

    Does anyone else think if they used a DH in both leagues alot of guys would stick around longer? I’ve always thought a team should be able to choose between using a DH for the game or have you pitcher hit.

    Just my 2 cents…

  8. EpiphanyinBaltimore 3 years ago

    I think the Orioles probably intended to use Tejada, but he was so terrible at AAA that it didn’t make any sense. That being said, their treatment of Moyer was pretty silly and a waste of time for both sides. They’ve got three starters with ERAs over 5.00 and no 5th starter and Moyer’s dominance at AAA didn’t earn him a spot? 

  9. Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago

    A lot of older guys get picked up on minor league deals. If they prove their worth they will get a shot. But who wants a 37 year old 3B that can’t get on base much and has lost all his power? 

    Moyer should have gotten the call up. But he is also 49. And made only 3 starts. He wanted to be called up in less then 2 weeks pretty much. And with all these off days the O’s didn’t need a 5th starter.

    Lots of young guys to build around. Would you rather have Tejada or Chris Davis getting ABs? 

    The league doesn’t need old guys sticking around just to pad their egos err numbers. They want to be a Major LEaguer they have to earn it. Just like everyone else. They want to stay in the majors? They gotta earn it. Quit giving guys spots based on their name. I think its great the Orioles haven’t brought up guys just because of who they used to be. They did that the last few seasons and that did not work too well.

  10. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

    He’ll be back

  11. Eric 3 years ago

    I think Moyer probably deserved one start atleast here.

    Tejada wasn’t cutting it.

    At the time I liked the move but this was before Tolleson came alive

  12. Lidsville Nine 3 years ago

    He toast.

  13. MiggyCabby24 3 years ago

    Sign those papers Miguel.

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