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Royals sign Miguel Tejada

KC inks the veteran infielder to a split contract, with $1.1 million coming to Tejada if he makes the big-league club.

Thearon W. Henderson

The Kansas City Royals have signed veteran shortstop Miguel Tejada, according to the team. They have signed the former Astro, Athletic, Giant and Oriole to a minor league contract.

It has also been reported that as soon as there is an opening on the Royals' 40-man roster, they will convert the deal into a major league deal worth $1.1 million for one season.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes has been told by Tejada himself that the Royals promised he would make the team as a second baseman and utility man.

Tejada signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in May 2012, his last contract with an MLB team. He asked to be released after 36 games with Triple A Norfolk Tides in which he hit .259.

He last played in the majors in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants when he hit .239 before he had been released from the team. Tejada can get $400k in performance incentives in his new contract once it is converted into a Major League deal.