The Orioles tonight added a right-handed hitting infielder when they acquired 27-year-old Rubén Tejada from the New York Yankees for cash considerations. Tejada is not on the 40-man roster and will report to Triple-A Norfolk. He can play second, third and shortstop.
A veteran of 616 major league games since 2010, Tejada was playing at Triple-A Scranton this season. In 37 games, he is batting .269/.345/.462 with seven doubles, six homers, 21 RBIs and an OPS of .806. He posted strong stats against left-handed pitching, batting .344 with an OPS of 1.024.
Tejada was originally signed by the New York Mets in July 2006 as an amateur free agent. He played for the Mets from 2010-15. He was released by the Mets in March 2016 and signed with the Cardinals. The Cardinals released him on June 1, 2016 and he signed with the Giants. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Yankees on Dec. 12, 2016.
In 78 major league plate appearances last season for both the Cardinals and Giants, he hit .156/.270/.250. For the 2015 Mets, Tejada hit .261/.338/.350 with 23 doubles, three homers and 28 RBIs in 116 games.
Tejada has made major league opening day rosters six times, five with the Mets and once with the Cardinals. For his major league career, he has hit .252/.327/.320 in 616 games and nearly 2,000 at-bats.