Marlins sign Miguel Tejada

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Making official what was reported last week, the Marlins and Miguel Tejada have agreed to a minor-league contract.

Tejada is still serving a 105-game suspension for amphetamines–he earned it by testing positive three different times–so the 40-year-old former MVP will report to Single-A and wait to be cleared for game action.

He can no longer handle shortstop defensively and hasn’t been an above-average hitter since 2009, but the Marlins apparently feel it’s still worth looking past the suspension to have him around. Last season he hit .288 with three homers and a .695 OPS in 53 games as a part-time player for the Royals.

Giancarlo Stanton to begin rehab assignment tonight

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Giancarlo Stanton will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Tampa. That according to the team’s Tweet to that effect.

Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone called a “funky swing” at the time. Figure he’ll need a week or so of minor league games to get back to playing speed.

At the time Stanton’s injury seemed to be a catastrophic thing for the team’s chances, but after a sluggish start the Yankees have been on fire for weeks and now sit in first place in the American League East.

Still, getting Stanton back will be a big boost for the New York lineup. He’s hit a few homers in his time, I hear.