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Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 6:40 pm
 

The streaking San Diego Padres, with the National League's best record, have acquired Baltimore infielder Miguel Tejada in rookie general manager Jed Hoyer's first big July trade deadline deal.

The Padres, who sent Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer to the Orioles, hope Tejada will help strengthen both their offense and their middle infield. He is expected to play shortstop upon joining the club as long as David Eckstein (calf) is on the disabled list and Jerry Hairston Jr. is playing second base.

Tejada, 36, is owed a little more than $2 million for the remainder of 2010. The Orioles will send an undisclosed amount of cash to the Padres to help cover that.

The 2002 American League Most Valuable Player was hitting .269 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in 97 games for the Orioles this season. Though he was playing third base for the Orioles, the Padres view him as more of a utilityman who will play some short, some third and even some outfield. Basically, a player who will give manager Bud Black more options.

Eckstein went onto the disabled list with a right calf strain July 21, and Black indicated Wednesday that he may not be quite ready to return when he is eligible on Aug. 5.

"The degree of the strain shouldn't keep him out for a prolonged period of time," Black said. "We're going to make sure David goes through all of the right steps to come back."

Eckstein is hitting .279 with a .326 on-base percentage and is statistically the most difficult regular to strike out in the National League.

Jerry Hairston Jr., who had been getting starts at shortstop, has been playing second base in Eckstein's absence. But that means Cabrera, who is hitting just .201 with a .270 on-base percentage, is getting more regular time at short and is not faring well under the daily grind.

Because of that, the Padres shifted their priorities from acquiring a starting pitcher and/or an outfielder to middle infield.

"Jed's trying like heck," one source said of general manager Hoyer's efforts during his first July trade deadline as the man in charge.

The Padres, who continue to own the best record in the NL, rank only 14th in the league with a .252 batting average and 14th with a .377 slugging percentage. However, they are hitting .276 with runners in scoring position.

Comments

Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

He was chasing pitches all over the plate last night ... seemed anxious to make an impact in a 4-2 loss. He has no SB's and that sorta diminishes his appeal.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

its know wonder there's a former red sox in the front office now



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

Nothing wrong with this move here.  Tejada is a good bat for them, especially with Eckstein out of the lineup, and it keeps up the pace with teams like LA who added Podsednik yesterday.  When Eckstein gets back you've got a good little rotation possibility with Hairson Jr, Eckstein, and Tejada, all of which can be interchangeable and fill in as pinch hitters late in games.  Good move by the Padres.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 7:19 pm
 

Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

There are alot of naysayers out there who don't like this guy but for what the Padres obtained him for it is exactly something he can do and do it well. good trade!



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

He did very well last year in the NL and I would imagine moving back should greatly help his numbers.  Defensively, he will be a liability at SS, but his bat should help out a lot.  



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Padres acquire Miguel Tejada from Baltimore

Nothing too fancy by the Padres but another veteran bat to help the cause.  It also shores up the infield which is another plus.  The Padres front office making more positive moves, fascinating.


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