San Diego trades for veteran infielder Tejada
Padres hope former Oriole can play several positions, add some offense
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.”
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.