Tejada For a Second Stint in Baltimore; What the Scribes and Bloggers are Saying About the Orioles...
Over the past week, Miguel Tejada's name has come up over and over with the Orioles, and now it he looks like he may be a potential viable candidate to suit up at third base.
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec notes that the Orioles are now looking at Tejada, as well as Joe Crede -- the oft-injured third baseman. Right now, it seems the Orioles are looking to fill the third base hole, so Garrett Atkins -- who was acquired in December -- might play first base.
Tejada, who had a productive season in 2009, is still on the market into late January.
Reading a lot of the comments online, the opinions range greatly on a possible return for the one-time slugger. They range from outright indignation for Tejada being a steroid user, to his perceived lack of hustle and sometimes "me" attitude, to a lot not really caring about his percieved slights at all. He's not the player now that he was when he signed his big contract with Baltimore, but he's still got it at the plate.
If you get a chance (you all probably have), read Roch's entry on Tejada, as it was interesting to hear his perspective on a potential move. Meanwhile, the Sun's Peter Schmuck would not be against him returning at all and is very complimentary towards Tejada.
All things considered (once you look at the remaining free agents left at third), Tejada may not be a bad choice to fill in as a stop-gap measure until Josh Bell is ready to play in the majors.