SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 11: Miguel Tejada #10 of the San Francisco Giants reaches for a ball hit by Ryan Roberts #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park on May 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Tejada threw Roberts out at first base on the play. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Miguel Tejada requested and was granted his release today. #orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 25, 2012
Released by the Giants in early September of 2011, the 38-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in early May. A fixture at shortstop for the Orioles from 2004-2007, Tejada’s second tenure with the organization did not result in any major league playing time. The former MVP played 36 games at Triple-A Norfolk, hitting just .259/.325/.296 with zero home runs before requesting his release yesterday.
Winner of the 2002 AL MVP award as a member of the "Moneyball" A’s and a six-time All-Star, Tejada is a career .285/.336/.457 hitter with 304 home runs over 15 major league seasons.
No word on whether Tejada plans to seek out playing time for another team or hang up his spikes for good.