Os close to Tejada deal, will head to extended spring Monday
The Orioles are closing in on signing veteran infielder Miguel Tejada and he will report to the team’s Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla. on Monday to take a physical.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the team received favorable reports about Tejada, who is 37, and he will work out for the foreseeable future in extended spring. The two sides have not reached an exact contract agreement, but that’s expected as long as Monday’s workout and physical go smoothly.
It’s unclear how long Tejada –if he officially signs– would need to be an option to the Major League club or how this effects current third baseman Mark Reynolds.
Assuming Tejada passes Monday’s physical the two sides will sit down and agree to terms, a contract situation that is very close, a source told MLB.com. This will be Tejada’s third stint with the Baltimore Orioles, having signed as a free agent twice before.
Tejada spent five years total with the Orioles, hitting .305 with a .354 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage.