GM says Padres "would love to have Miguel Tejada back"


I scoffed at the Padres acquiring a 36-year-old and seemingly washed-up Miguel Tejada to be their shortstop down the stretch, but he ended up hitting .268/.317/.413 in 59 games, which is actually above average once you factor in Petco Park, and amazingly avoided being a disaster defensively.
Yesterday general manager Jed Hoyer said the Padres “would love to have him back.” He also added an “if we can work out a deal that makes sense” disclaimer, which likely means they’d want Tejada to take a pay cut from the $6 million he earned via a one-year deal with the Orioles.
Hoyer seems to recognize that asking Tejada to remain non-disastrous at shortstop for an entire season at age 37 is probably wishful thinking, telling Corey Brock of that the Padres could bring him back at another position. Chase Headley is seemingly entrenched at third base, so presumably that would mean viewing Tejada as a potential replacement for fellow free agent David Eckstein at second base. Or perhaps using him in a super-utility role.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.