The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly close to signing veteran shortstop Miguel Tejada (via MLB.com). He is currently on his way to the team's spring facilities in Sarasota, Florida to take a physical on Monday.
Favorable reports were given to general manager Dan Duquette regarding the 37-year-old.
Although no deal is official, it's likely that a contract will be agreed upon after Monday's physical and a brief stint in an extended spring training is completed by Tejada.
Should a deal be agreed upon, it's unknown as to how much Tejada will actually play. One can't help but think that he could potentially replace Mark Reynolds.
So far this season, Reynolds owns a line of .136/.260/.197 with zero home runs, three RBI and 31 strikeouts in 66 at-bats.
This would be the third time that Tejada has been a member of the Orioles. He has signed as a free agent in Baltimore twice before.
In five seasons with the O's (2004-2007 and part of 2010), Tejada hit .305/.354/.481 with 109 home runs.
Tejada last played in 2011 with the Giants. He was released midseason.
He wasn't terrible, though. He put together a line of .239/.270/.326 with four home runs and 26 RBI.
Tejada is no longer the offensive force that he was with the Oakland Athletics or during his first stint in Baltimore, but this is a safe signing by Duquette that could potentially help the club.
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