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The Giants brought in Tejada to be their shortstop for $6.5 million, hoping to add a little pop to a team that already has one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Tejada replaces Juan Uribe, who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 36-year-old isn't the same slugger as he was during his prime with the Athletics and Orioles, but he's still a productive hitter who can play both shortstop and third base. He's unlikely to match his MVP production (34 HR, 131 RBI, .861 OPS), but another year like the one he had last season (15 HR, 71 RBI, .692 OPS) is definitely possible.
The Giants have several good infielders between Tejada, Pablo Sandoval, Mark DeRosa, Freddy Sanchez and Aubrey Huff, so one of them could be moved if the Giants decide they want to upgrade their outfield or bullpen. Tejada's as good of a candidate as any because he's a veteran and won't require a major financial commitment since he will be a free agent again after this season.