Miguel Tejada played with the Baltimore Orioles from 2004 to 2007. After a signing a one-year deal worth around $6 million, Tejada has returned to the Orioles. His return will become official once he passes a physical, which will take place at some point this week.
In the 2007 offseason, the Orioles traded the shortstop to the Houston Astros. Tejada had success with the Astros — making the All-Star game both seasons. Last year, he hit .313 with 14 homers, 86 RBIs and 83 runs.
With the Orioles, Tejada is expected to shift over to third base. A shortstop for his entire career, the 35-year-old has said he’s ready to consider the position switch. The Orioles know all about shortstops switching over to third base — just ask Cal Ripken, Jr.
Scouts say that Tejada’s skills are in decline but that he’s still a solid baseball player. He has decent power, can hit for average and has the arm strength to play at third base. Considering that Tejada made nearly $15 million in 2009, his 2010 salary should be a relatively good deal for Baltimore.