Miguel Tejada Wants To Play In 2012

DETROIT - JULY 02: Miguel Tejada #10 of the San Francisco Giants rounds third base after hitting a grand slam in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Miguel Tejada's career looks like it's coming to a close, but don't tell him that. The recently released shortstop told ESPNDeportes.com on Friday he plans to play in the majors next season.

"I will not retire," Tejada told ESPNdeportes.com on Friday. "I didn't have a good time in San Francisco, but there are always highs and lows in life."

"I will play winter ball with the Aguilas Cibaenas as part of the process of staying active," Tejada said ahead of what will be his 16th winter league season. "In the winter I will work to return. It's not the first time that a player has a bad year and then comes back."

Before being released by the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, the 37-year-old Tejada hit .239/.270/.326 with 4 home runs in 343 plate appearances this season.

It'll be interesting to see if Tejada can land anything more than a non-guaranteed contract, if that, in the off-season. Not an easy task for an aging infielder, whom's also a below-average hitter and defender.

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