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Padres acquire Miguel Tejada

July 30th, 2010 by Ray

Let’s get this out of the way: Miguel Tejada is no longer the player you remember. In fact, he is no longer a good player.

This season, Tejada has been worth 0.1 wins, making him a slight upgrade over current awful Padres Everth Cabrera and Matt Stairs (-0.1 wins) and Oscar Salazar (-0.3), and assuming that he takes Everth’s shortstop job, Tejada will become the worst hitter on the team and it won’t be close (-10 runs). The next lowest position player is Salazar at -3.6. While all current Padres have Petco Park pulling their numbers down, Tejada has Camden Yards lifting his up. Yet he’s still only managed a wRC+ of 81. On the road, that number drops to 60.

But wait, it gets worse. Tejada will likely become our everyday shortstop, a position where he couldn’t find a job last offseason. In the 16,000+ innings he’s logged at short in his career, Tejada has been worth -30.2 runs on defense (-3.6 UZR/150) and from 2007-09, the last three seasons (almost 3,800 innings) he played at the position, he was worth -6.3 runs (-5.3 UZR/150). We don’t have enough information to draw any conclusions, but early returns on Tejada’s play at the hot corner have not been inspiring (-7.3 UZR/150 in 808 innings).

Sounds awful, right? Why would Hoyer make this trade? For starters, it didn’t cost a whole lot. While Wynn Pelzer, our contribution to this trade, was ranked seventh in our system by Baseball America before the season, his lack of control and modest projections make him a small loss. And despite his apparently fading abilities, Tejada has maintained his reputation as a great teammate, earning high praise from none other than Mark Loretta:

Loretta said Tejada was one of the best teammates he ever had.

“He’s just a fun guy to be around,” Loretta said. “He really pulled for his teammates, kind of one of those guys that people are drawn to. Funny, plays every day, plays hurt. He’s a gamer.”

I don’t think I need to tell you that no one, save for Bryan Cranston, has benefited from chemistry like these 2010 San Diego Padres and it sounds like it just got better.

Ultimately, this is an uninspiring-but-inoffensive trade. The team didn’t add the missing piece, but they didn’t just trade Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps either. Tejada hasn’t been a good player so far this season and while it’s possible that a jump into the fire could do him good, he’s still replacing a player worse than him even if it doesn’t.

If nothing else, Tejada makes this team that much easier to build on MVP 2005, so let’s call it a win.

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5 Responses to “Padres acquire Miguel Tejada”

  1. Terrence says:

    This is the first time I’ve read an article from you and it will probably be the last. You’ve got to be kidding if you think Tejada won’t help this offense. Caberra has been batting around .200 the whole year! Chase Headly is batting .195 against lefties. Does Camden yards make up for the 70 + points??? Yes, obviously he’s not an MVP anymore but you failed to point out that he hit .313 last year at shortstop for the Astros and is hitting .346 in interleague play. I think its a great move for the Padres!

    • Melvin says:

      I think this is the first time someone threatened to never come back. I’m kind of excited. Since this is your first (now second) visit Terrence, I would check out the site and see how we evaluate players.

    • Ray says:

      The funny part is that I put way more effort into this article than usual.

      I suppose I could’ve mentioned that Tejada’s statistics were inflated the past couple of seasons by Minute Maid Park, which is the kind of hitter’s haven that Camden Yards dreams of being, but what are you going to do.

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