Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tejada Returns to the O's

Miguel Tejada has signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Tejada played with the Orioles from 2004 to 2007 before being traded to the Houston Astros.

He will become a third baseman after playing nearly his entire career as a shortstop. Cesar Izturis has far more range at short these days.

There's nothing wrong with the Orioles offense. Tejada and Garrett Atkins (who will play first in 2010) join a lineup that includes Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Luke Scott. Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters are also bound to put up better numbers in their sophomore campaigns. But unless their pitching dramatically improves they won't be any more competitive in the AL East in 2010 than they were during Tejada's first stint with the team.

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