Yankees Trade Rubén Tejada to Orioles

A little late on this one, but the Yankees have traded veteran utility infielder Rubén Tejada to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. The Orioles assigned Tejada to the Norfolk Tides, their AAA affiliate.

Tejada signed with the team on December 12, 2016, and was invited to Spring Training. The 27-year-old was reassigned to minor league camp in late March, and started the season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was slashing .269/.345/.462 with the RailRiders before the trade.

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He got his start in the big leagues with the New York Mets after they signed him as an international free-agent in 2006. Tejada made his big league debut in April 2010, and was the team’s starting shortstop in 2012 after they lost José Reyes to free agency. A quad injury in 2013 saw him lose his job to Omar Quintanilla, and caused his permanent relegation to the backup infielder role.

Tejada found himself in the middle of a heated debate about player safety after he suffered a broken right fibula in the second game of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.

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Chase Utley made no attempt to slide into the second base bag when trying to break up a double play, “in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a) (13)”. Utley originally was suspended for two games, though he won his appeal. Since then, any illegal slides now result in an automatic double play, and such slides are reviewable.

Tejada signed with the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 2015 season on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. Tejada debuted on the mound in a May 20 blowout loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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His quad injury reappeared, and he was eventually designated for assignment on May 28. He refused his outright assignment, and became a free agent. He signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants on June 13, appearing in 13 games and going 5-for-32 (.156).

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The Orioles acquired Tejada for infield depth after 32-year-old Robert Andino was suspended for amphetamine use.

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