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.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.