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Giants sign Ruben Tejada to minor-league deal

The infielder joins the Giants after being released by the Cardinals earlier this month.

Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images

The Giants are in agreement on a minor-league deal with infielder Ruben Tejada, according to Connor Grossman of KNBR. Tejada’s deal is pending a physical.

Tejada was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Cardinals earlier this month. He is the latest veteran to join San Francisco on a minor-league deal, along with Chris Denorfia and Travis Ishikawa.

Tejada has the ability to play second base, shortstop and third base, giving the Giants a potential backup option behind Matt Duffy, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik. The team currently has just Conor Gillaspie and Ramiro Pena as backup options, meaning Tejada could join the major-league team soon.

Tejada appeared in 23 games for the Cardinals this year, hitting .176/.225/.235 with three RBI in that time. He has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors with the Mets (2010-15) and Cardinals (2016), hitting .254/.328/.322 with 10 homers in 603 games.