Free agent outfielder/third baseman Mark Teahen will sign with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, according to a source familiar with the situation. Teahen, who has been released by both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers so far this season, will join the Revolution on Tuesday.
A first round pick (39th overall) of the Oakland Athletics in the 2002 draft, Teahen broke into the majors with the Royals in 2005 and was a regular in their lineup through 2009. Following the 2009 season, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, where he spent the next season and a half before being dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays in July of 2011. After finishing out the year with Toronto, he was signed as a minor league free agent by the Washington Nationals, and spent 2012 with their Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse. He signed with the Diamondbacks last November, and began the season with Triple-A Reno.
After Teahen hit .209 in 81 plate appearances with Reno, the Diamondbacks attempted to trade him to the Cincinnati Reds in late April, but the deal fell through once the Reds were not satisfied with Teahen's medical reports. He asked for and was granted his release from the Diamondbacks on May 20th, and latched on with the Rangers organization three days later. Teahen only lasted eleven days with Triple-A Round Rock, and was released on June 3rd. In 123 plate appearances on the year, he is hitting .198 with 7 RBI.
In seven major league seasons with the Royals (2005-2009), White Sox (2010-2011), and Blue Jays (2011), the 31-year old is a career .264 hitter with 67 HR and 332 RBI. His best season came in 2006, when he hit .290 with 18 HR and 69 RBI in 109 games for Kansas City.
By signing with the Revolution, Teahen joins notable ex-major leaguers like Brett Tomko, Michael Wuertz, Andy Marte, and Eric Patterson, in hopes of re-establishing his value for major league teams. Sources note that major league organizations have greatly increased their scouting presence in the Atlantic League this season, as is shown by the fifteen players who have been signed to major league organizations since the start of the season.