San Diego trades for vet­eran in­fielder Te­jada

Padres hope for­mer Ori­ole can play sev­eral po­si­tions, add some of­fense

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

SAN DIEGO — The NL Westlead­ing San Diego Padres ob­tained in­fielder Miguel Te­jada and just more than $1 mil­lion from the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles on Thurs­day, con­vinced that the 36-year-old can help them in the in­field and at the plate.

The Padres gave up Dou­bleA right-han­der Wynn Pelzer.

Te­jada, the 2002 AL MVP, hasn’t been to the play­offs since the Oak­land A’s made four straight ap­pear­ances from 2000 to ’03, los­ing in the di­vi­sional round each year. The Padres are try­ing to win their first di­vi­sion ti­tle since 2006.

San Diego wants Te­jada play­ing some at third base, where Chase Headley has strug­gled against left-handed pitch­ing, and at short­stop, as well as com­ing off the bench.

Te­jada is hit­ting .269 with seven homers and 39 RBIs, down from the .313 he hit with Hous­ton last year.

Pelzer was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA at San An­to­nio.

Buck stops in Bal­ti­more

BAL­TI­MORE — Buck Showal­ter was hired to man­age the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, his lat­est re­build­ing project in a ma­jor league ca­reer full of them. Showal­ter had been work­ing as an an­a­lyst for ESPN.

Bal­ti­more has the worst record in the ma­jors and is head- ed to­ward its 13th straight los­ing sea­son. The Ori­oles fired man­ager Dave Trem­b­ley on June 4 and re­placed him on an in­terim ba­sis with Juan Sa­muel.

Showal­ter, 54, is a two-time AL Man­ager of the Year, win­ning the award in 1994 with the New York Yan­kees and 2004 with Texas. Both times, he had taken over bad teams and guided their turn­arounds. He also was Ari­zona’s first man­ager. His over­all record is 882-833 in 11 years.

A-Rod thinks he’ll lose in Rangers sale

FORT WORTH — Alex Ro­driguez filed an ob­jec­tion to as­pects of next week’s auc­tion of the Texas Rangers, say­ing he and other for­mer play­ers may not get all the money owed them.

Ro­driguez is due $24.9 mil­lion in de­ferred com­pen­sa­tion six years af­ter he was traded to the Yan­kees, and he tops the list of the un­se­cured cred­i­tors in the Rangers’ bank­ruptcy case.

Stras­burg goes on DL

WASHINGTON — Rookie right-han­der Stephen Stras­burg went on the 15-day dis­abled list with in­flam­ma­tion in his throw­ing shoul­der, the lat­est in­di­ca­tion of how care­ful the Washington Na­tion­als are be­ing with their prized pitcher. Stras­burg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, 75 strike­outs and 15 walks in 54 in­nings.

“If he’s 90 per­cent healthy, we shut him down,” Washington man­ager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s got to be 100 per­cent.”

Gail bur­ton

Miguel Te­jada will go to the Padres, who think he has some­thing left at age 36. San Diego plans to use him at var­i­ous po­si­tions.

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