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5/25/1974 (42 y, 10 m)
$0.6M / 1 Years (2014)
Tejada has been released by the Marlins, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. (7/31/2014)
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Year in Review:
After a 2008 season which seemed like the beginning of the end, Tejada bounced back nicely last season. He posted a .344 wOBA, up 31 points from the previous year and virtually identical to his 2007 mark in the category. He was consistent throughout most of the year, with only a three-week stretch starting in mid-August in which he posted a .132/.181/.176 line standing out. In 2008, pitchers were able to overpower Tejada with fastballs, as he posted a -0.94 wFB/C, which tied Jason Kendall for the sixth-worst mark in the Majors. Last year Tejada was neutral, with a 0.02 mark against the pitch he saw most often. Once a slugging shortstop with decent walk rates, Tejada has morphed into a completely different hitter. Now he swings at everything and has very little power. Last year, he had a 2.9 BB%, the lowest mark of his career, and a .142 ISO, which just edged above his 2008 mark to avoid being his worst in that category.
The Year Ahead:
The Astros did not offer arbitration to Tejada so he took the opportunity to return to Baltimore. In the last two years, Tejada has batted .318 with 18 homers in Minute Maid Park compared to .278 with nine homers in road parks. Also, last year’s .313 AVG came about thanks to a .323 BABIP, a mark 22 points above his career average. Tejada posted a combined 169 runs and RBI, thanks to batting primarily in the top five in the order. A move to another team will probably result in a lower spot in the order and fewer runs and RBI chances. Defensively, Tejada struggled in the field last year, posting a -12.4 UZR/150, the second time in the last three years he finished in negative numbers. Although his bat no longer profiles as an asset among third basemen, that’s exactly where he’ll play for his new team in 2010. (Brian Joura)
Apparently his work in San Diego proved to veteran-loving Brian Sabean that Tejada could be a Major League-regular shortstop for another year at least. Thankfully for fantasy baseball players, defense is not a part of that particular game -- at least not directly. Could he defend poorly enough for the Giants to make a change? That depends on the quality of the backup shortstop, probably. In the meantime, we can concern ourselves with his bat, which, though reduced, may play in many fantasy leagues due to the paucity of strong offensive options at the position. He's no longer got the power of yore -- he's settled in with a below-average ISO -- but he makes contact (his strikeout rate hovers around 10% these days). That has allowed him to rack up 170+ hits for three straight seasons. Double-digit home runs and that many hits will play at the position, even if the lineup around him may not lead to a ton of runs and RBIs. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
No longer the powerful shortstop of his youth, Tejada's high-contact approach should net just enough hits to make his barely double-digit home-run total palatable in most leagues.
Tejada’s been on the down slope of his career for a while and 2011 may have been the final nail in the coffin. Signed to be the Giants’ everyday shortstop, Tejada lost that job to rookie Brandon Crawford after hitting.217 through May. When Pablo Sandoval got hurt, Tejada shifted to third base, but his offense never picked up. He ended the season with a wOBA of .253 and a wRC+ of 56, second worst for National League shortstops. The Giants cut Tejada in late August. He is a free agent looking for at least a Minor League deal, but will he find one? (Wendy Thurm)
The Quick Opinion:
The second worst offensive shortstop in baseball is looking for a Minor League deal. Don't sign him to your fantasy team.
Miguel Tejada had a somewhat respectable season as a utility player for the 2013 Royals. He hit .288 with three homers in 167 plate appearances after not playing in the majors in 2012. The 41-year-old will need two events to happen first before he has any fantasy value going forward, though. First he needs to sign and make the roster of a major league team. Easier said than done. Then he has to serve another sixty-plus days of suspension he incurred for testing positive for Adderall. Is he cooking yet? Last, he needs to hope the team's starter goes down with an injury so he can get some regular playing time. Even if all those stars line up, he will probably only be useful in AL- and NL-only leagues or the deepest of leagues. Maybe he could be used a plug-and-play candidate to help raise a team's batting average. I just don't see him contributing in any useful fantasy way without a several “ifs” happening. Plus, there's the fact that most expect him to retire. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Miguel Tejada has no fantasy value unless several unlikely events occur.
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