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.