The Baltimore Orioles bring back Miguel Tejada

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 23 January 2010 at 12:34 pm

The Orioles have signed 35-year old righty swinging Miguel Tejada to a 1-year deal to man 3B in 2010. He played in 158 games for the Astros last season and he was 199 for 635 (.313 avg, .795 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 14 homers, 86 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,871 games in his major league career and he is 2,114 of 7,320 (.289 avg, .810 OPS) with 1,116 runs scored, 285 homers, 1,185 RBIs and 78 stolen bases. It will be interesting to see how well Tejada handles 3B but I think he will do a good job defensively there. The Orioles just traded him two years ago and they got five players from the Astros for him. During those two years with the Astros, Tejada played in 316 games in which he was 378 for 1,267 (.298 avg, .762 OPS) with 175 runs scored, 27 homers, 152 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. The five players the Orioles got back from the Astros was led by current DH Luke Scott who has played in 276 games for the Orioles the last two years in which he was 238 for 924 (.258 avg, .817 OPS) with 175 runs scored, 27 homers, 152 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Righty reliever Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate also came over in this deal. Albers has pitched in 84 games (3 starts) for the Orioles and he is 6-9 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP while Sarfate has pitched in 77 games (4 starts) for the Orioles and he is 4-4 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Lefty starting pitcher Troy Patton was one of the big keys to the trade for the Orioles but he hasn’t pitched for them yet. He missed all of the 2008 season recovering from surgery but he bounced back in the minors last year. He pitched in 20 games (all starts) last season in AA+AAA ball and he was 7-5 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. 3B Mike Costanzo was the final played the O’s got from the Astros and he is beginning to look like a non-prospect. He has played in 211 games in AA+AAA ball the last two years and he is 181 for 755 (.240 avg) with 89 runs scored, 14 homers and 100 RBIs. This trade was a huge win for the Orioles who just rented Tejada to the Astros for a couple of years. Now the Orioles hope that Tejada has a big year for them in 2010. He has played in 619 games in his career with the O’s and he is 768 for 2,469 (.311 avg, .862 OPS) with 367 runs scored, 102 homers, 429 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. The signing of Tejada will allow the Orioles to play Garrett Atkins at 1B which is where they wanted him.

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