Miguel Tejada, who left the Bay Area for Baltimore before the 2004 season, is returning to California, this time as a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Tejada first played for the Orioles from 2004 – 2007. He was traded to Houston before the 2008 season. The former MVP shortstop returned to Baltimore two years later having aged four years, following an ESPN-contrived sting that revealed he lied about his birthday.
In his most recent stint with The Birds, Tejada manned third base. He hit only seven home runs in 97 games. That’s another story.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Giants may play Tejada at either shortstop or third. At 37, his limited range makes him a liability at short, but his lack of power makes him less attractive at third.
Tejada will rejoin former Oriole and Baltimore basher Aubrey Huff, who emerged in San Francisco as an almost unrecognizably thin veteran leader for the champion Giants. He signed a two-year, $22 million deal last week.
As for Tejada, he will have a chance to make his first playoff appearance since leaving the Bay Area. He led the A’s to playoff appearances in each season from 2000 through 2003. Next season, Miggy gets to watch a ring ceremony up close, though the red, bejeweled thong wearing Huff will get a ring, and Tejada will be only a spectator.