Miguel Tejada, the 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants, is back in the Major Leagues–this time with the Kansas City Royals. The 2002 AL MVP with the Oakland Athletics, Tejada has a .285 career average with 304 homers and 1,282 RBI.
I guess when you play your Spring Training games in Surprise, Az., anything can happen.
Royals manager Ned Yost made the announcement today that the former AL MVP was going to be used as a utility infielder for Kansas City, and will be paid $1.1 million to do it once he’s on the 40-man roster.
Either Tejada really impressed the coaching staff in Kansas City, or that’s how far gone this franchise is when it comes to personnel decisions. It’s not like Tejada was blistering the ball this spring. He managed only a .353 average and three RBIs in 34 spring training at-bats.
Yeah, yeah…I can hear the pundits now, “team leadership”, “veteran presence”, “postseason experience”, all of which means nothing if the Royals can’t put together a winning streak of more than say, two games.
Tejada spent last season with Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate, and was a middling performer at best for them, hitting .259 with no home runs and only 18 RBI in 135 at-bats before he was eventually given his release by Norfolk. For the Royals to even give him a shot this spring should have been no more than a courtesy.
Well, Tejada did play in this year’s World Baseball Classic without getting hurt. That has to count for something.
So much for my gut feeling that Ned Yost was finally getting the hang of this baseball manager thing, and that the Royals might actually challenge for the postseason this year.
Julio Franco should probably give Yost a call if he’s still looking for work, although he might have to suspend his Social Security checks and AARP membership for a while.