By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
12:42 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
The return of former Oriole Miguel Tejada still has several steps to overcome before coming to fruition, according to Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
Tejada will report to the team’s spring training facility on Monday to meet with Chris Correnti, who oversees the organization’s rehab and conditioning. The 37-year-old former AL MVP will have a physical there and if he passes will then be signed to a contract to play in extended spring training, Duquette said.
“He’s interested in coming back and playing and he played pretty good defense for the Giants last year at third base,” Duquette said before Saturday’s game in Boston. “And he has been a productive right-handed bat so we’ll see if he has more to offer offensively.
Duquette said Tejada will then have a seven- to 10-day evalutation period.
“We’ll see what kind of shape he’s in and how he does,” Duquette said. “He has a lot of enthusiasm for Baltimore, obviously, and he’s a good veteran player.”
Duquette said Tejada, who lives in South Florida, approached the Orioles about returning for his third stint with the organization. He hasn’t played since February in the Carribbean Series for Aguilas.
“He didn’t like the way last year turned out and he thinks he still has something left in the tank,” Duquette said.
The move is still a curious one. The Orioles recently signed Bill Hall to a minor-league contract to provide a right-handed bat and third baseman and Hall is currently playing at Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles also signed left-hander Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league deal, but had a falling out with him over a miscommunication of whether he was given his release.
Tejada signed a six-year, $72 million deal before the 2004 season and played for the Orioles in 2004-07 and rejoined the team in 2010. He played 91 games last season with the Giants, hitting .239 with four homers and 26 RBIs before being released.
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