After not playing in the majors at all last season Miguel Tejada has made the Royals’ Opening Day roster at age 38.
Tejada hit .353 in 15 spring training games and also played regularly for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he hit just .259 with a .621 OPS in 35 games at Triple-A for the Orioles last season, hasn’t topped a .700 OPS in the big leagues since 2009, was brutally bad for the Giants in 2011, and ceased being capable of playing shortstop years ago.
Presumably he’ll have a limited role as a utility infielder, but Kansas City will pay him $1.1 million and he can earn another $200,000 in bonuses based on playing time.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.