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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Miguel Tejada makes the Royals’ opening day roster

When a record 5 GDP leading seasons just ain’t enough!

Though he hasn’t played in the majors since Aug. 30, 2011, Miguel Tejada has earned a spot on the opening day roster for the Kansas City Royals.

Tejada, 38, paved the way for his comeback with a huge spring. He hit .333/.351/.444 with four doubles in 37 plate appearances for the Royals. He also played in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic, hitting .316/.350/.368 with a double in 20 plate appearances.

Tejada is a six-time All-Star and won the 2002 AL MVP. He last saw major-league action in 2011 for the Giants, hitting .239/.270/.326 with four homers and 26 RBI in 343 plate appearances.

 

Repoz Posted: March 31, 2013 at 04:25 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian White Posted: March 31, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4400267)
Man, the value of trading card #25 of this series is going to TAKE OFF.
   2. Esoteric Posted: March 31, 2013 at 04:52 PM (#4400270)
Doesn't seem like a good idea for Kansas City, but hey: congrats to Tejada for making it all the way back. Hard not to respect that.
   3. flournoy Posted: March 31, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4400274)
It seems like the bar for "huge spring" should be higher than a .795 OPS.
   4. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 31, 2013 at 05:42 PM (#4400284)
Anyone ever done a study correlating ST stats to regular season performance, especially for old guys on their way out? I'd think it would be close to impossible to separate authentic improvement based on a new pitch or offseason work on ones batting stroke from dumb luck just from the numbers.
   5. JE (Jason) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4400288)
Are we sure it's not really Royce Clayton?
   6. booond Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:14 PM (#4400299)
Doesn't seem like a good idea for Kansas City, but hey: congrats to Tejada for making it all the way back. Hard not to respect that.


This is exactly what I thought.
   7. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4400301)
He looked very good when I saw him in the WBC. Live bat, and steady with a glove. I think he'd start on the Yankees (and hit fourth!)
   8. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4400318)
A roster spot based on a handful of meaningless spring training and WBC PAs. This ought to go well.
   9. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:48 PM (#4400328)
I doubt this will last long but good for Miggy. It's easy to root for a guy who loves to play ball as much as he does.
   10. Steve Treder Posted: March 31, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4400396)
Tejada looked doner than the donest done that ever doned with the Giants in 2011.
   11. escabeche Posted: March 31, 2013 at 08:13 PM (#4400399)
This Orioles fan is unreasonably rooting for Tejada, too.
   12. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:32 PM (#4400550)
Tejada looked doner than the donest done that ever doned with the Giants in 2011.


But he hit .316 in the WBC.
   13. JJ1986 Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM (#4400560)
I think he was pretty much guaranteed a spot as long as he looked okay. If he was competing he wouldn't have played in the WBC.
   14. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM (#4400562)
Ray, you're grumpier than normal. Is there really a significant downside risk to the Royals taking him north?
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4400566)

A roster spot based on a handful of meaningless spring training and WBC PAs. This ought to go well.


He was pretty much a lock before spring training.

Is there really a significant downside risk to the Royals taking him north?


They're paying him $1.4 mill, a million more than they could have paid AAAA infielder Irving Falu to provide better defense.
   16. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4400578)
That's a yacht and a private plane for the owner, and not enough to change their player acquisition strategy at all.
   17. jdennis Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:17 PM (#4400586)
glad he can play for a season to regain some respect. it's a positive development after his ped stuff for basically the first time.

i can understand the royals taking a flyer, especially if any of his bat returns. i'm not expecting any fielding. but then again, they have falu at omaha and he's respectable so maybe i wouldn't have done it myself.
   18. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:46 PM (#4400593)
That's a yacht and a private plane for the owner, and not enough to change their player acquisition strategy at all.


It changes it for Irving Falu. I think it's a crappy signal to send guys in your minors struggling to make the major league team. When you have two options that looks reasonably similar in cost and expected production, I take the significantly younger guy all day long. If Irving Falu proves to be useful, he can be useful for another 3 or 4 seasons, while it's very unlikely Tejada can be useful for more than a year or two.

But even if the production expected is identical over the next 4 years, the cost and control is so radically different that it's a no-brainer. It's "only" $1M this year (for one of the stingiest teams in the majors), but if Tejada has a decent bounce back season it will be multiples of that to retain his services next year.

The truth has slowly been revealed. The Royals hate young players. Falu ain't young, but when he started shaving Tejada was already in arbitration, and this is just a symptom of how the organisation has slowly biased itself away from potential and prospect and towards veterans with "proven levels of performance".
   19. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM (#4400596)
Or if he has a good half-season, they flip him for a team desperate for immediate help. I hear you about Falu. And I don't know if Tejada had an out if he doesn't make the majors out of ST. But this way they get to keep both, at least in the short-term.
   20. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM (#4400620)
It seems like the bar for "huge spring" should be higher than a .795 OPS.


Against mostly AAA pitchers, if I'm reading that fancy new OppQual stat correctly.
   21. Belfry Bob Posted: April 01, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4400680)
Not a fan. Miggy's rah-rah wore thin for me in Baltimore when it became apparent that he had the emotional maturity of a 10-year-old...the height of this was his season of pouting when he discovered that his pal and idol Sammy Sosa didn't worship him and expected Miggy to bow down to HIM instead. The PED denials didn't do anything for me, either. I won't root against him, but I have no warm and fuzzies for him, either.
   22. spycake Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:33 AM (#4400747)
It seems like the bar for "huge spring" should be higher than a .795 OPS.

But, it's a .333 average. That would be Tejada's new career high! It would have led the league last year! And, four doubles too!

Why are the paying him $1.4 million? There's no required veteran minimum salary, right? Was there a bidding war I missed? If he was paid less, would he have retired? And if he retired, why would the Royals or anybody care?
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:49 AM (#4400768)

Why are the paying him $1.4 million? There's no required veteran minimum salary, right?


Its also what the Brewers are paying Yuni Betancourt, so I'm wondering, is there some unofficial vet minimum?

Just looking around the Indians are paying Giambi $750k, and Kazmir $1 million (plus incentives for both) so I guess not. Only a "stupid team veteran minimum"
   24. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:50 AM (#4400770)
"Shortstop" premium...
   25. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4401138)
A roster spot based on a handful of meaningless spring training and WBC PAs. This ought to go well.

He was pretty much a lock before spring training.


In which case they guaranteed a roster spot to a 38 year old player who looked washed up two years ago and hadn't played in the majors since.

(Did he play anywhere last year?)
   26. Walt Davis Posted: April 01, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4401621)
Yuni's was 1.4 including the incentives. I never found out what the incentives were.

I think the unofficial former starting vet min is $1 plus incentives. Quick to the CotsMobile!

Alex Gonz: 1.45 plus up to $800 K incentives based on games (pretty reachable) and starts (half-reachable)
Yuni: .9 plus $500 K based on games (likely to fall in the .95 to 1 range
Tejada: 1.1 with .2 incentives based on games (expect about .1)
Valbuena: .93 no incentives (a bargain!)
Francisco: 1.1
Nix: .9
Hannahan: 2/$4 -- WTF? Where was I? I'd have made fun of this for weeks.
Hinske: 1.35
other Nix: 2/2.5
Frandsen: .85
Delmon: .75 with 1.5 incentives (.6 to 1 unless they're idiots)

I may have missed some incentives.
   27. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:43 PM (#4401735)
Jamey Wright 1/$900k
Jon Garland 1/$500k with $1.3 mill in incentives
Rick Ankiel $750k with incentives
Erik Bedard 1/$1.15
Juan Pierre 1/$1.6
   28. Walt Davis Posted: April 02, 2013 at 02:04 AM (#4401779)
Pitchers don't count ... can't trust them folks.

But I am pleased as punch to see Jamey Wright on a guaranteed contract. He's gonna last longer than Moyer.

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