UPDATE (Tuesday): Baltimore has already promoted Tejada to the majors, according to the team. Infielder Paul Janish was designated for assignment to make room.
ORIGINAL: The Yankees traded infielder Ruben Tejada to the Orioles for cash considerations Sunday, according to a club announcement. Tejada was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Tejada, who signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees over the winter, hit .269./.345/.462 with six homers in 37 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the season. With the ability to play anywhere in the infield except first base, he will provide Norfolk with an option in the wake of Robert Andino’s 50-game PED suspension. Tejada joins Johnny Giavotella, Chris Johnson, Jesus Montero and Luis Sardinas as well-known infielders on Norfolk’s roster.
New York’s recent promotion of top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A meant there was no need for a veteran option like Tejada in Scranton.
Tejada, now 27, is best known for his six years with the Mets in which he appeared in 580 games, mostly at shortstop. Since being cut by New York last season, he has appeared in the Cardinals, Giants and Yankees organizations and will now head to the fifth club of his career.