Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Marlins are close to signing Miguel Tejada to a minor-league contract.
Tejada spent last season in a part-time role with the Royals, hitting .288 with three homers and a .695 OPS in 167 plate appearances spread over 53 games. He was placed on the disabled list in August with a calf injury and then shortly after that received a 105-game suspension for repeated amphetamine usage. Another positive test would lead to a lifetime ban.
All of which makes the Marlins signing him an odd move. Tejada is 40 years old, hasn’t posted an OPS above .700 since 2009, and can no longer handle shortstop defensively. They must really want the former MVP around in a possible utility role.
In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.
This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.
Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.
The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.
Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.
Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.