Orioles acquire minor league infielder Rubén Tejada from Yankees

The Orioles acquired minor league infielder Rubén Tejada from the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced Sunday.

Tejada, 27, was playing for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was hitting .269/.345/.462 with 13 extra-base hits (seven doubles and six homers) and 21 RBIs in 148 plate appearances.


He was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will provide infield depth at second, shortstop and third, especially after the Tides lost infielders Paul Janish to a big league call-up and and Robert Andino to a suspension for violating the minor league drug and treatment policy.

Tejada might best be known for suffering a broken leg while playing for the New York Mets in the 2015 National League Division Series caused by Chase Utley's late slide into second base, a gruesome injury that prompted rule changes the following year to protect fielders from illegal slides.


The trade to acquire Tejada is a minor league deal, so he isn't added to the 40-man roster.

Earlier Sunday the Orioles cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting left-handed reliever Paul Fry to Norfolk after clearing outright waivers.

Fry has a 6.56 ERA over 23 1/3 innings this season for the Tides, a mark that has ballooned over his past four outings, when he allowed 12 earned runs over seven relief innings.

The move comes on the eve of two extended opt-out dates for right-handed reliever Edwin Jackson and outfielder Pedro Alvarez, who can both request release of their contracts Monday. Both would have to be added to the 40-man and 25-man rosters.