Marlins release former MVP Miguel Tejada

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The Marlins have released infielder Miguel Tejada, Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports. Tejada signed a minor league contract with the club back in May, but was hampered by a shoulder injury.

In 14 plate appearances with Double-A Jacksonville, Tejada managed four singles and a double. The 40-year-old veteran says he plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic before deciding to continue playing professionally or retire.

Tejada emerged as one of the game’s best players in the early 2000’s, winning the AL MVP award with the Athletics in 2002. After leaving the A’s following the 2003 season, Tejada played for the Orioles, Astros, Padres, Giants, and Royals.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.