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Royals Sign Miguel Tejada

The Royals made very odd and thought provoking news when it was announced that they had reached an agreement with free agent and former AL MVP Miguel Tejada.

Miguel Tejada

Miguel Tejada

The deal, of the minor league variety, is worth $1.1 million and comes with up to $400K in bonuses. Although he isn’t on the 40-man roster yet, he will be as soon as a spot opens up.

Tejada stated:

“I’m very pleased with this. The contract with the Royals is a done deal. I’m going to try to help this team and their younger players. I’m so happy because this is what I was aiming for, a chance to get back to the majors.”

Tejada spent last season with the Orioles Triple-A affiliate. In 36 games, he hit .259/.325/.296 with 5 doubles and 18 RBI and got a majority of his defensive reps at third base. His last experience at the major league level came back in 2011 with the Giants. He managed to play in 91 games that season, but looked nothing like a former MVP or six-time All-Star. He managed to hit a meager .239/.270/.326 and split most of his defensive time between third base and shortstop.

At 38 years old, Miguel Tejada is instantly the oldest player within this organization at any level.

Dayton Moore has been saying that he has been looking for a backup shortstop this offseason who is more glove friendly at the position than Irving Falu and Tony Abreu. Is Miguel Tejada, a 38 year old former shortstop converted to third base because he’s gotten too slow for the position, the answer?

Being a career .285/.336/.457 hitter with 304 HR, 463 doubles, and 1282 RBI, I can’t find enough reason to believe, even at 38, that Miguel Tejada can’t hit at the major league level. I’m sure he could even fill-in a few times a week at second and third base and be at least adequate. But when it comes to being a glove-first shortstop, which is what GMDM said he was looking for to backup Escobar, Tejada has never been and never will be. This move smells an awful lot like the move the team pulled off last winter when they decided to bring back Yuniesky Betancourt on a one-year deal to serve as the “utility” guy.

Not only did Yuni bomb in the field, he became a clubhouse cancer due to his lack of time in the starting lineup. His bat had just enough pop in it to keep him playing every few days, while his defense was nothing short of extremely awful. He only filled in at shortstop once and third base  for the Royals in 2012. He made an error.

Miguel Tejada is a great clubhouse guy with a lot of fun energey and brings a ton of experience to this team. He could even provide this team with some power off the bench. I’m not meaning to rag on this signing, as it could hold value. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at the present time.

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Royals Dropped By Giants 2-1

Both Luke Hochevar and Tim Lincecum had decent outings. Luke threw 3 innings, K’d 2 and BB’d 0. But he gave up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, one of which was a HR from Connor Gillapsie, and hit a batter. Timmy gave up just one hit, which was a 4th inning single off his foot to Jarrod Dyson. The 1 run Lincecum squandered was unearned.

Photo Credit: Lenny Ignelzi / AP

Starters: Hochevar & Odorizzi

Hoch took the loss in his brief outing, moving his ST record to 1-1.

 Jake Odorizzi took the mound in the 4th inning, striking out 2 and walking 2. This was a good outing by Izzy, who really needed one. He’s been roughed up a bit this Spring.

Bullpeners: Coleman, Mijares, Holland

Sweet Lou, McHardees, and Dutch combined for 4 scoreless, 3 hits, 4 K’s, and 1 BB. The Giants’ offense is still one of the league’s worst, so seeing the bullpen shut them down was no surprise. But 4 scoreless innings from the ‘pen isn’t something to roll your eyes at.

Hitters

The 5th inning was a scary one for the Royals, as both Hosmer and Moustakas were pulled from the game due to injuries.

In the top of the 5th, Hoz dove toward the line and made a play on Nate Schierholtz’s groundball for the out, but remained on the ground for a few moments after the play was over, apparently jamming his right shoulder.

Photo Credit: Lenny Ignelzi / AP

In the bottom of the frame, Moose came to bat against Santiago Casilla and took a fastball off his knee that proceeded to skip its way into the stands.

Hosmer has already been cleared to play today against Cincinnati, while Moustakas has been listed as day-to-day with a contusion on his right knee.

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The lineup as a whole was able to collect only 5 hits (Dyson, Maier, Butler, Myers, Giavotella). Hosmer and Dyson both added a SB to their Spring stats. The Royals’ sole run scored on a SAC by Escobar.

Here’s the box from ESPN

SAN FRANCISCO (2) AT KANSAS CITY (1)

 SAN FRANCISCO    AB  R  H BI  KANSAS CITY      AB  R  H BI
 G Blanco cf       3  0  3  1  J Dyson cf        2  1  1  0
 -T Graham cf      0  0  0  0  -M Maier cf       2  0  1  0
 F Sanchez dh      3  0  0  0  A Escobar ss      2  0  0  1
 N Schierholtz rf  3  0  1  0  -Y Betancourt ss  2  0  0  0
 -R Kieschnick rf  1  0  0  0  E Hosmer 1b       1  0  0  0
 B Pill 1b         4  0  2  0  -B Butler 1b      2  0  1  0
 C Gillaspie 3b    4  1  1  1   -G Golson pr     0  0  0  0
 J Arias 2b        3  0  0  0  A Gordon lf       2  0  0  0
 E Adrianza ss     1  0  0  0  -D Lough lf       2  0  0  0
 -B Crawford ss    2  0  0  0  M Moustakas 3b    1  0  0  0
  -J Panik ss-2b   1  0  0  0  -I Falu pr-3b     2  0  0  0
 E Whiteside c     3  0  0  0  J Francoeur rf    2  0  0  0
 -H Sanchez c      1  0  0  0  -W Myers rf       2  0  1  0
 E Burriss lf      2  1  0  0  S Perez dh        3  0  0  0
 -J Christian lf   1  0  0  0  B Pena c          1  0  0  0
                               -C Clark c        1  0  0  0
                               C Getz 2b         1  0  0  0
                               -J Giavotella 2b  2  0  1  0
 TOTALS           32  2  7  2  TOTALS           30  1  5  1
                           123 456 789     F
 SAN FRANCISCO             011 000 000 --  2
 KANSAS CITY               000 100 000 --  1

 E--T Graham, E Whiteside.
 DP--SAN FRANCISCO 1, KANSAS CITY 1.
 LOB--SAN FRANCISCO 7, KANSAS CITY 5.
 2B--B Pill, J Giavotella.
 HR--C Gillaspie 1 (1) (off L Hochevar).
 SB--G Blanco 1 (6), E Burriss 1 (2), E Hosmer 1 (2), J Dyson 1 (1).

                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  SAN FRANCISCO
 T Lincecum (W,1-0)                 4   1   1   0   2   4   0
 S Casilla                          1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 A Kown                             2   2   0   0   0   1   0
 J Machi                            1   1   0   0   0   1   0
 W Rodriguez (S,1)                  1   1   0   0   0   1   0

  KANSAS CITY
 L Hochevar (L,1-1)                 3   4   2   2   0   2   1
 J Odorizzi                         2   0   0   0   2   2   0
 L Coleman                          1   1   0   0   1   0   0
 J Mijares                      1 2-3   2   0   0   0   1   0
 G Holland                      1 1-3   0   0   0   0   3   0

 WP--L Hochevar. HBP--E Burriss by L Hochevar, M
 Moustakas by S Casilla.
 SO--SF: F Sanchez, E Whiteside, B Pill, J Panik, C Gillaspie, E Adrianza, H Sanchez, J Arias. KC: A Gordon, C Clark, J Giavotella, D Lough, S Perez, M Moustakas.
 BB--SF: F Sanchez, B Crawford, G Blanco. KC: B Pena.
 T--2:33. A--6,243.

The Royals Spring record fell to 5-5. They’ll face off against the Reds today in Surprise at 3:05 CT, pitting Sanchez vs. Mike Leake.