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Portrait of Miguel Tejada

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 40)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .255 2 21 21 2 .239 0.4
Birth Date5-25-1974
Height5' 9"
Weight220 lbs
Age40 years, 4 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52010
1.12011
2012
0.12013
0.42014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1997 OAK 23 26 104 99 10 20 3 2 2 33 2 22 3 0 0 10 2 0 .202 .240 .333 .199 -4.0 -2.8 -0.7
1998 OAK 24 105 407 365 53 85 20 1 11 140 28 86 7 3 4 45 5 6 .233 .298 .384 .237 4.0 4.5 0.8
1999 OAK 25 159 674 593 93 149 33 4 21 253 57 94 10 5 9 84 8 7 .251 .325 .427 .259 34.3 0.3 3.3
2000 OAK 26 160 681 607 105 167 32 1 30 291 66 102 4 2 2 115 6 0 .275 .349 .479 .276 46.0 2.1 4.5
2001 OAK 27 162 683 622 107 166 31 3 31 296 43 89 13 4 1 113 11 5 .267 .326 .476 .275 36.1 -5.1 3.1
2002 OAK 28 162 715 662 108 204 30 0 34 336 38 84 11 4 0 131 7 2 .308 .354 .508 .302 65.0 -1.5 6.4
2003 OAK 29 162 703 636 98 177 42 0 27 300 53 65 6 8 0 106 10 0 .278 .336 .472 .291 53.7 -2.0 5.1
2004 BAL 30 162 725 653 107 203 40 2 34 349 48 73 10 14 0 150 4 1 .311 .360 .534 .300 63.5 23.2 8.5
2005 BAL 31 162 704 654 89 199 50 5 26 337 40 83 7 3 0 98 5 1 .304 .349 .515 .289 54.7 6.8 6.2
2006 BAL 32 162 709 648 99 214 37 0 24 323 46 79 9 6 0 100 6 2 .330 .379 .498 .280 47.1 -4.0 4.2
2007 BAL 33 133 568 514 72 152 19 1 18 227 41 55 10 3 0 81 2 1 .296 .357 .442 .269 23.6 -5.4 1.8
2008 HOU 34 158 666 632 92 179 38 3 13 262 24 72 6 3 1 66 7 7 .283 .314 .415 .239 15.6 0.9 1.7
2009 HOU 35 158 673 635 83 199 46 1 14 289 19 48 11 8 0 86 5 2 .313 .340 .455 .272 40.7 1.8 4.3
2010 BAL 36 97 428 401 40 108 16 0 7 145 15 39 9 3 0 39 0 0 .269 .308 .362 .222 -3.8 3.9 0.0
2010 SDN 36 59 253 235 31 63 10 0 8 97 15 28 2 0 1 32 2 0 .268 .317 .413 .273 13.9 -0.1 1.5
2011 SFN 37 91 343 322 28 77 16 0 4 105 12 35 3 4 2 26 4 4 .239 .270 .326 .231 3.1 7.1 1.1
2013 KCA 39 53 167 156 15 45 5 0 3 59 6 25 1 1 3 20 1 0 .288 .317 .378 .256 2.8 -1.5 0.1
Career217192038434123024074682330738425531079122712313028538.285.336.456.270496.228.251.8

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 SOR A- 74 315 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MOD A+ 114 521 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 OAK MLB 26 104 .199 .271 .332 .427 .259 .240 104 -7 2.9 1.4 -2.8 0.7 -4.0 -0.7 -4.0 -0.7
1997 HUN AA 0 559 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 OAK MLB 105 407 .237 .268 .334 .425 .262 .273 96 -10.4 11.1 5.6 4.5 2.6 4.0 0.8 4.0 0.8
1998 HUN AA 0 56 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 EDM AAA 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OAK MLB 159 674 .259 .273 .346 .438 .264 .265 97 -0.9 18.8 9.7 0.3 4.8 34.3 3.3 34.3 3.3
2000 OAK MLB 160 681 .276 .275 .347 .445 .264 .287 93 12.9 19.3 9.9 2.1 3.7 46.0 4.5 46.0 4.5
2001 OAK MLB 162 683 .275 .266 .331 .429 .262 .267 95 10.8 18.7 9.4 -5.1 0.9 36.1 3.1 36.1 3.1
2002 OAK MLB 162 715 .302 .264 .329 .425 .263 .310 94 32.2 19.1 9.5 -1.5 3.0 65.0 6.4 65.0 6.4
2003 OAK MLB 162 703 .291 .268 .332 .429 .264 .272 95 23.5 19.1 9.5 -2.0 1.8 53.7 5.1 53.7 5.1
2004 BAL MLB 162 725 .300 .268 .334 .432 .259 .302 105 31.6 21.6 9.9 23.2 0.1 63.5 8.5 63.5 8.5
2005 BAL MLB 162 704 .289 .267 .326 .421 .260 .316 102 21.6 20.2 9 6.8 -0.5 54.7 6.2 54.7 6.2
2006 BAL MLB 162 709 .280 .270 .333 .430 .257 .345 108 15.7 21.4 8.1 -4.0 -0.3 47.1 4.2 47.1 4.2
2007 BAL MLB 133 568 .269 .266 .328 .418 .260 .302 101 5.8 16.9 6.6 -5.4 -1.4 23.6 1.8 23.6 1.8
2007 FRD A+ 1 3 .922 .251 .324 .366 .241 1.000 100 2.3 0.1 0 0.0 0.0 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2007 BOW AA 1 3 -.007 .294 .381 .454 .297 .000 101 -0.9 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2008 HOU MLB 158 666 .239 .262 .331 .416 .262 .302 100 -14.9 19.2 8.8 0.9 0.6 15.6 1.7 15.6 1.7
2009 HOU MLB 158 673 .272 .261 .327 .415 .262 .318 95 8.4 19.4 8.9 1.8 0.9 40.7 4.3 40.7 4.3
2010 BAL MLB 97 428 .222 .255 .319 .401 .253 .282 113 -16.4 11.8 1.2 3.9 -1.1 -3.8 0.0 -3.8 0.0
2010 SDN MLB 59 253 .273 .246 .312 .389 .259 .276 84 3.5 7.0 3.1 -0.1 -1.6 13.9 1.5 13.9 1.5
2011 SFN MLB 91 343 .231 .256 .321 .397 .264 .254 91 -9.7 9.2 2.5 7.1 -0.4 3.1 1.1 3.1 1.1
2012 NOR AAA 36 151 .235 .264 .331 .399 .258 .289 93 -4.2 4.5 0.4 -0.6 -0.9 -0.3 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1
2012 AGU Wnt 34 152 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 KCA MLB 53 167 .256 .257 .317 .398 .264 .326 100 -0.6 4.4 0 -1.5 -0.1 2.8 0.1 2.8 0.1
2013 DOM int 5 14 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 JAX AA 4 14 .318 .242 .318 .387 .268 .417 98 0.8 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 SOR A- 315 45 66 15 5 8 44 41 54 19 2 .245 .349 .428 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MOD A+ 521 97 128 12 5 20 72 51 93 27 16 .279 .356 .459 .179 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HUN AA 559 85 138 20 3 22 97 50 99 15 11 .275 .349 .458 .183 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 OAK MLB 104 10 20 3 2 2 10 2 22 2 0 .202 .240 .333 .131 .199 -4.0 -2.8 -0.7
1998 EDM AAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HUN AA 56 9 17 6 0 2 7 4 8 1 0 .327 .375 .558 .231 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 OAK MLB 407 53 85 20 1 11 45 28 86 5 6 .233 .298 .384 .151 .237 4.0 4.5 0.8
1999 OAK MLB 674 93 149 33 4 21 84 57 94 8 7 .251 .325 .427 .175 .259 34.3 0.3 3.3
2000 OAK MLB 681 105 167 32 1 30 115 66 102 6 0 .275 .349 .479 .204 .276 46.0 2.1 4.5
2001 OAK MLB 683 107 166 31 3 31 113 43 89 11 5 .267 .326 .476 .209 .275 36.1 -5.1 3.1
2002 OAK MLB 715 108 204 30 0 34 131 38 84 7 2 .308 .354 .508 .199 .302 65.0 -1.5 6.4
2003 OAK MLB 703 98 177 42 0 27 106 53 65 10 0 .278 .336 .472 .193 .291 53.7 -2.0 5.1
2004 BAL MLB 725 107 203 40 2 34 150 48 73 4 1 .311 .360 .534 .224 .300 63.5 23.2 8.5
2005 BAL MLB 704 89 199 50 5 26 98 40 83 5 1 .304 .349 .515 .211 .289 54.7 6.8 6.2
2006 BAL MLB 709 99 214 37 0 24 100 46 79 6 2 .330 .379 .498 .168 .280 47.1 -4.0 4.2
2007 BOW AA 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.007 -0.7 0.1 -0.1
2007 BAL MLB 568 72 152 19 1 18 81 41 55 2 1 .296 .357 .442 .146 .269 23.6 -5.4 1.8
2007 FRD A+ 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.500 1.500 .922 2.4 0.0 0.2
2008 HOU MLB 666 92 179 38 3 13 66 24 72 7 7 .283 .314 .415 .131 .239 15.6 0.9 1.7
2009 HOU MLB 673 83 199 46 1 14 86 19 48 5 2 .313 .340 .455 .142 .272 40.7 1.8 4.3
2010 SDN MLB 253 31 63 10 0 8 32 15 28 2 0 .268 .317 .413 .145 .273 13.9 -0.1 1.5
2010 BAL MLB 428 40 108 16 0 7 39 15 39 0 0 .269 .308 .362 .092 .222 -3.8 3.9 0.0
2011 SFN MLB 343 28 77 16 0 4 26 12 35 4 4 .239 .270 .326 .087 .231 3.1 7.1 1.1
2012 AGU Wnt 152 20 40 9 0 4 19 9 13 2 1 .284 .336 .433 .149 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 NOR AAA 151 10 35 5 0 0 18 11 16 1 0 .259 .325 .296 .037 .235 -0.3 -0.6 -0.1
2013 DOM int 14 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .308 .357 .385 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 KCA MLB 167 15 45 5 0 3 20 6 25 1 0 .288 .317 .378 .090 .256 2.8 -1.5 0.1
2014 JAX AA 14 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .357 .357 .429 .071 .318 1.0 0.0 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2260 0.4969 0.5266 0.8688 0.6750 0.3791 0.9314 0.7587 0.1312
2009 2284 0.5258 0.5233 0.8842 0.6828 0.3435 0.9293 0.7849 0.1124
2010 2274 0.5154 0.5134 0.8893 0.6604 0.3548 0.9483 0.7724 0.1099
2011 1158 0.5181 0.5108 0.8697 0.6283 0.3835 0.9390 0.7477 0.1286
2013 581 0.5404 0.5250 0.8623 0.6529 0.3745 0.9220 0.7400 0.1377
Career85570.51540.520.8780.66540.36340.93570.76660.1206

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-08 2014-08-09 Minors 62 0 Right Shoulder Tendonitis Rotator Cuff -
2013-08-11 2013-08-17 60-DL 6 7 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2011-07-19 2011-08-16 15-DL 28 25 - Abdomen Strain Lower - -
2010-04-18 2010-04-23 DTD 5 4 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-06-29 2007-07-27 15-DL 28 23 Right Forearm Fracture Distal Radius -
2007-06-22 2007-06-28 DTD 6 5 Right Forearm Contusion Distal Radius -
2006-04-28 2006-04-28 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Hyperextension -
2005-05-31 2005-05-31 DTD 0 0 Shoulder Soreness -
2005-03-18 2005-03-18 Camp 0 0 Face Surgery Wisdom Teeth Removed 2005-03-18
2004-05-11 2004-05-11 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Strain -
2004-04-30 2004-04-30 DTD 0 0 Face Contusion Thrown Ball -
2004-03-12 2004-03-12 Camp 0 0 Right Lower Leg Strain -
2003-03-25 2003-03-25 Camp 0 0 Knee Contusion Collision with Another Player -
1998-03-22 1998-05-21 15-DL 60 44 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 MIA $
2013 KCA $1,100,000
2012 BAL $
2011 SFN $6,500,000
2010 BAL $6,000,000
2009 HOU $15,000,000
2008 HOU $15,000,000
2007 BAL $14,000,000
2006 BAL $12,000,000
2005 BAL $11,000,000
2004 BAL $5,000,000
2003 OAK $5,125,000
2002 OAK $3,625,000
2001 OAK $2,025,000
2000 OAK $525,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$96,900,000
13 yrTotal$96,900,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 23 dPat Rooney1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Miami as a free agent 5/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.625M in majors.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2013). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/31/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.1M in majors. Performance bonuses: $40,000 each for 55, 65, 75, 85, 95 games. Contract purchased by Kansas City 3/30/13. Suspended 105 games (25+80) for second and third positive amphetamine tests 8/17/13 (ineligible to play through 5/31/14).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 5/10/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$6.5M (2011). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 11/30/10. Performance bonuses. DFA by San Francisco 8/31/11. Released 9/8/11.
  • 1 year/$6M (2010). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/25/10. Performance bonus: $0.1M for 630 PAs. $0.15M assignment bonus if traded. Acquired by San Diego in trade from Baltimore 7/29/10 (Orioles paid about $1.1M of $2.1M left on Tejada's contract).
  • 6 years/$72M (2004-09). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 12/03. $12M signing bonus ($4M in 2004, $2M annually 2005-06, 2010-11). 04:$3M, 05:$9M, 06:$10M, 07:$12M, 08:$13M, 09:$13M. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by Houston in trade from Baltimore 12/12/07.
  • 4 years/$11.3M (2000-03). Signed extension with Oakland.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 510 52 147 26 1 7 51 17 47 4 2 .308 .338 .410 .275 21.5 3B 3, 2B -1 2.6
80o 489 48 136 24 1 7 47 15 47 3 1 .292 .321 .390 .262 14.4 3B 3, 2B -1 1.8
70o 474 45 127 23 1 6 44 14 46 3 1 .281 .310 .375 .252 9.7 3B 3, 2B -1 1.3
60o 462 42 119 21 1 6 42 14 45 3 1 .272 .300 .362 .244 5.9 3B 3, 2B -1 0.8
50o 450 40 111 20 0 5 40 13 45 3 1 .263 .291 .351 .237 2.4 3B 3, 2B -1 0.5
40o 438 38 105 19 0 5 38 12 44 3 1 .254 .281 .339 .229 -0.8 3B 3, 2B -1 0.1
30o 426 36 99 18 0 5 36 11 44 2 1 .245 .271 .326 .221 -4.1 3B 3, 2B -1 -0.3
20o 411 33 90 16 0 4 33 11 43 2 1 .234 .260 .312 .212 -7.7 3B 2, 2B -1 -0.7
10o 390 30 82 15 0 4 30 9 42 2 1 .219 .244 .292 .198 -12.2 3B 2, 2B -1 -1.2
Weighted Mean45541116211641134531.267.295.356.2403.93B 3, 2B -10.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 16% 10% 26% 61%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20154125021561001185281.233.254.288.200-1.1-11.0-0.00.98.6-20.50.9
20164225021571001185290.236.257.289.203-0.9-9.5-0.00.98.3-18.60.9
2017432502054900165310.229.250.272.195-1.8-17.80.00.811.7-30.30.9
2018442501954900164310.223.242.262.188-2.9-27.30.00.714.9-43.00.9
2019452702056900174350.218.235.255.183-3.2-30.30.00.714.9-46.01.0
2020462501953900154330.218.236.256.184-3.2-30.00.00.614.9-45.50.9
2021472501851800154350.213.232.249.180-3.4-32.40.00.514.9-47.90.9
2022482501851800154350.212.230.248.178-3.6-33.60.00.414.9-49.00.9
20234937527741200226550.205.222.239.172-3.9-37.00.00.614.9-52.51.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 64)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Mark Grudzielanek 2010 .215
2 77 Melvin Mora 2012 .000 DNP
3 75 Kenny Lofton 2007 .280
4 74 Lou Piniella 1984 .249
5 74 Omar Vizquel 2007 .215
6 74 So Taguchi 2010 .000 DNP
7 73 Paul Molitor 1997 .274
8 72 Cal Ripken Jr. 2001 .222
9 72 Jim Eisenreich 1999 .000 DNP
10 71 Bob Boyd 1960 .284
11 71 Brian Jordan 2007 .000 DNP
12 71 Pete Rose 1981 .292
13 70 Craig Counsell 2011 .199
14 70 Henry Blanco 2012 .196
15 70 Wade Boggs 1998 .264
16 69 Wally Joyner 2002 .000 DNP
17 69 Eric Young 2007 .000 DNP
18 69 Rico Carty 1980 .000 DNP
19 69 George Brett 1993 .256
20 69 Enos Slaughter 1956 .276
21 69 Harold Baines 1999 .300
22 69 Jose Cruz 1988 .216
23 68 B.J. Surhoff 2005 .224
24 68 Eddie Murray 1996 .254
25 68 Rod Carew 1986 .000 DNP
26 68 Randy Velarde 2003 .000 DNP
27 67 Tim Raines 2000 .000 DNP
28 67 Ivan Rodriguez 2012 .000 DNP
29 67 Al Kaline 1975 .000 DNP
30 67 Hal McRae 1986 .249
31 67 Steve Finley 2005 .231
32 67 Tony Gwynn 2000 .283
33 67 Graig Nettles 1985 .285
34 67 Gene Woodling 1963 .000 DNP
35 66 Ken Griffey 1990 .284
36 66 Moises Alou 2007 .297
37 66 Walker Cooper 1955 .275
38 66 Rusty Staub 1984 .224
39 66 Carl Yastrzemski 1980 .275
40 66 Barry Larkin 2004 .259
41 65 Brad Ausmus 2009 .247
42 65 Dave Bergman 1993 .000 DNP
43 65 Gregg Zaun 2011 .000 DNP
44 65 Stan Musial 1961 .296
45 65 Ron Fairly 1979 .000 DNP
46 64 Gary Gaetti 1999 .211
47 64 Joe Morgan 1984 .275
48 64 Mickey Vernon 1958 .296
49 64 Davey Lopes 1985 .276
50 64 Dave Philley 1960 .231
51 64 Tony Taylor 1976 .270
52 63 Luis Gonzalez 2008 .262
53 63 Jeff Kent 2008 .261
54 63 Lee Lacy 1988 .000 DNP
55 63 Brett Butler 1997 .254
56 63 Brooks Robinson 1977 .179
57 63 Andre Dawson 1995 .253
58 62 Jim Dwyer 1990 .226
59 62 Don Baylor 1989 .000 DNP
60 62 Bill Buckner 1990 .171
61 62 Johnny Mize 1953 .276
62 62 Rafael Palmeiro 2005 .278
63 62 Birdie Tebbetts 1953 .000 DNP
64 61 Luis Aparicio 1974 .000 DNP
65 61 Brian Downing 1991 .302
66 61 Mark Grace 2004 .000 DNP
67 61 Red Schoendienst 1963 .046
68 60 Chili Davis 2000 .000 DNP
69 60 Pee Wee Reese 1959 .000 DNP
70 60 Jim Gantner 1993 .000 DNP
71 60 Frank White 1991 .000 DNP
72 59 Carlton Fisk 1988 .327
73 59 Ken Griffey 2010 .176
74 59 Mark McLemore 2005 .000 DNP
75 59 Raul Ibanez 2012 .264
76 59 Dwight Evans 1992 .000 DNP
77 58 Elston Howard 1969 .000 DNP
78 58 Dave Winfield 1992 .313
79 58 Maury Wills 1973 .000 DNP
80 58 Fred McGriff 2004 .203
81 58 Wally Moses 1951 .215
82 58 Gary Sheffield 2009 .283
83 58 Rickey Henderson 1999 .303
84 58 Ron Cey 1988 .000 DNP
85 57 Ernie Banks 1971 .217
86 57 Tom Paciorek 1987 .264
87 57 Ozzie Smith 1995 .190
88 56 Jason Varitek 2012 .000 DNP
89 56 Lou Brock 1979 .257
90 56 Mike Schmidt 1990 .000 DNP
91 56 Eddie Joost 1956 .000 DNP
92 56 Tony Phillips 1999 .269
93 55 Dave Parker 1991 .244
94 55 Matt Stairs 2008 .260
95 55 Darrell Evans 1987 .307
96 54 Norm Cash 1975 .000 DNP
97 54 Todd Pratt 2007 .000 DNP
98 54 Jim Rivera 1962 .000 DNP
99 53 Eric Davis 2002 .000 DNP
100 53 Tony Perez 1982 .266

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .264 .293 .388 .236
11 vs R (Multi) .285 .321 .379 .250
18 Split (Multi) .022 .029 -.009 .014
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .253 .267 .349 .217
31 vs R (2013) .329 .372 .411 .284
38 Split (2013) .076 .104 .062 .067
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Six-time All-Star, one-time MVP, and one-time liar to federal investigators in the PED probe, Miguel Tejada signed a one-year minor-league deal that could be worth $1.5 million if he makes the majors and collects performance bonuses.
2012 One benefit of Brian Sabean's veteran fetish is that the older set will often sign one-year contracts, so the Giants' exposure to season-crippling awfulness is minimal. Tejada was season-cripplingly awful, but now he's gone; in contrast, the Dodgers are still going to be paying Juan Uribe long after the world ends (in 2012, obviously). As you know, PECOTA projects each player out 10 years. Before the season, it projected Tejada to hit .232/.284/.310 in 2018, when he will be 44. That he matched that line in 2011, at age 37, is obviously not encouraging for his future or present.
2011 Tejada looked like a player on the verge of forced retirement during his stint with Baltimore, but a trade to the Padres rejuvenated the aging Dominican. San Diego gambled that playing for a contender would bring out a different Tejada who would run and play hard, and that bet paid off, as he hit well above the average shortstop's production level, andóeven more surprisinglyóperformed adequately in the field as well. The list of productive shortstops at age 37 and up consists of a whole lot of Honus Wagner and Luke Appling with a pinch of Ozzie Smith, but the position has become shallow enough across the league that Tejada's bat might, however diminished, might still carry him at shortstop. As such, the defending champions took a one-year chance on him as a replacement for ring-bearer Juan Uribe.
2010 All things considered, Tejada's two years in Houston could have been a lot worse. He actually had a terrific season in 2009, which not-so-coincidentally was a contract year. That doesn't make the original decision to trade for him look any smarter. It's not that the players the Astros handed over have made such a big impact. They also got nearly what they paid for in performance. Still, just because you made out good on a bad bet doesnít mean you should do it again. Emptying the wallet on that last-piece-of-the-puzzle that isn't actually the last piece is exactly the type of mistake mid- and small-market teams need to avoid. That money won't just reappear when the team needs it later. Tejada wasn't offered arbitration, so he also won't be leaving any first-round draft picks behind as a legacy. Given his age, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at third base for somebody this year.
2009 The trade with the Orioles for Tejada came in for some criticism on its merits, but the information that came out afterwards, with Tejada getting fingered in the Mitchell report, and also being revealed as two years older than previously reported, just made things worse. A year later, Tejada's continuing his decline, and there's nothing in the scouting reports to seize on and expect a reversal. With a year left on his contract, he'll be a very expensive option for '09.
2008 Almost everything was down for Tejada this past year: his average, his speed, his fielding, his playing time, his trade value. You may be inclined to blame it all on the pitch that broke his wrist in June, ending a seven-year consecutive game streak, but the fact is that he didn't hit any differently before or after that. Instead, 2007 continued a multi-year slide, especially in footspeed. One thing that wasn't actually down was Tejada's power-it looks worse than it was thanks to the time he missed and the league-wide power drop-off-and that's fueling talk of moving him to third and Mora to the outfield. There is also renewed talk about trading him and the $26 million left on his contract for the next two seasons, but, while not biting on the rumored Erick Aybar/Ervin Santana deal at the 2006 trading deadline doesn't look quite as bad given the disappointing 2007 seasons of those two Angels prospects, the offers for Tejada may not be even that good now.
2007 Tejada remains one of the foremost targets of the Steroid Police, having been fingered by both Rafael Palmeiro and Jason Grimsley. He has passed all the tests given him so far, though, and just keeps turning in the same great season year after year. He still has three years left on his contract, and the Orioles need to consider whether or not they`ll be a serious contender within that time frame (possible, but not likely). Both player and team might be better off if Baltimore were to attempt to restock their farm system by trading Tejada to a contender. It was discussed and almost consummated last year (with the Angels), and will be a hot topic again this year.
2006 Tejada was part of the Orioles` quick-start gang, setting a blistering RBI pace-31 in April-but cooled with the rest of the team in the mid-summer, so much so that he failed to reach 100 RBI. Tejada was in the middle of several controversies last year, one involving Sosa, one with Palmeiro. His 2005 was extremely similar to his 2004, especially in translation, with the biggest differences by far coming from RBI and runs scored-the products of having 20% fewer at-bats with runners in scoring position.
2005 Tejada had the best year of his career, but even a better season than his MVP campaign couldn't carry the Birds to the playoffs. Although he's a solid enough defender, Tejada's fielding rating looks like a fluke in the system, driven by the fact that the Orioles had the best ratio in the majors between shortstop assists and infield putouts (normally a decent guide to shortstop range) by a mile.
2003 MVP? Not in any meaningful sense of the word. Damn great player? Absolutely. Athletic on defense, and powerfully built, something like a 30-year-old Rickey Henderson. Very strong, and capable of turning around even the very best fastball. Gets himself out fairly often through a lack of discipline at the plate. Youíll hear a lot of local media griping about how Tejadaís imminent departure after the 2003 season could be a distraction, and there will be some ephemeral pressure to trade him, but be serious. Clubs go through this all the time. The Aís kept Giambi through his contract, and the "distraction" was nonexistent. The Aís are a long shot to keep him after this season. Heís going to demand somewhere north of five years and $12 million a season, and maybe heís worth it, but the Aís will have better options available that wonít be so constricting financially. There have been whispers that heís older than his listed age. Either way, that forecast looks low.
2002 Causality is a difficult and slippery concept. An oversimplified version of the central stathead tenet is that hitters should be more disciplined at the plateóas if that were a matter of a simple choice. It's the snake oil we push. But sometimes, the effects are so compelling that you wonder whether it really is that simple. Here are Miguel Tejada's month-by-month breakdowns for 2001.

MonthBAOBPSLGOB-BA
April.237.308.443.071
May.295.373.571.078
June.274.294.425.020
July.267.333.476.066
August.216.238.371.022
September.329.429.571.100


What drives what? Do Miguel Tejada's hitting numbers jump because of his increased patience, or does the arrow go the other way? Or both ways? "How can players improve?" is really the key issue for any baseball analysis. I'm inclined to believe that there's a method that drives successful offensive performance, and we see the effects across the board. It's not just a question of deciding to walk more.
2001 Heís clearly the fourth-best shortstop in the league, but itís a strange group of guys to rank. Alex Rodriguez belongs on his own plane as far and away the best of the bunch, offensively and defensively. Heís also the youngest. Miguel Tejada is actually older than Rodriguez by a couple of months. Among the non-A-Rods, Tejada is the slugger and the best defender. Heís also coming off of a huge second half, improving from .250/.314/.443 to .305/.389/.524. At his age, thatís growth, which should end up putting him at the head of the group behind Rodriguez.
2000 He improved across the board but is still short of the stardom people hoped for. He'll uncork a Steve Sax special when instead of eating the ball he tries to make the impossible play. Tejada wore down late in the season after Jorge Velandia got hurt, because Art Howe decided he wouldn't need any rest. Assuming he doesn't get burned out, it looks like he'll have a better career than the people he could be compared to--Shawon Dunston or Mariano Duncan--but remain well short of the Trinity.
1998 The Aís are not happy about his failure to develop plate discipline, but heís the shortstop, come hell or high water. I was unbelievably high on him about 600 plate appearances ago, but my enthusiasm has been tempered somewhat. His skill set now looks closer to Shawon Dunstonís than Barry Larkin, and Dunston spent most of his career overrated. Tejada packs a lot of power in that swing of his, and he makes some mindboggling plays; heís not going to be Alex Rodriguez lite, which is what I once thought. Jose Ortiz may actually challenge him or force him to change positions. This organization is hemorraging talented middle infielders. It might make sense to package one up with Giambi and trade for a reliable, Pedroesque starter.
1997 Named the most exciting prospect in the California League. For the second year in a row the Aís had him skip a level, and it didnít slow him down in the least. Heís got one of the strongest infield arms in the minors, heís fast and he can already hit for power. Prospects that look this good this fast can wind up in the majors far sooner than you might expect. If Bordick is gone and Tejada puts on a show in the spring, donít be surprised if heís on the major league roster at some point in í97. If thereís a reason for caution, itís the season-ending ankle injury he suffered in August, but it isnít supposed to be major.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)I noticed that the Orioles lead MLB in defense efficiency ratio so far this year, as compared with 18th last year. Is there any reason to believe this is a real improvement?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Don't underestimate the value of losing Miguel Tejada, about whom scouts were saying this spring that they couldn't see him making it through the season as a shortstop. That said, I'd expect some regression; PECOTA had them pegged at .692, one point above where they were last year (in the 1 - BABIP version as opposed to the Reached on Error version of DE). (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Miguel Tejada just got two years older: http://tinyurl.com/6gfzre This worsens your (and PECOTA's) opinion of him considerably, yes?
(TheDumbSmartGuy from Cambridge, MA)
I'm utterly unsurprised, both based on rumors that had been circulating about him for years and his career track. And I do think it will harm his PECOTA. People ask sometimes: what if Albert Pujols turned out to be two years older? For Pujols, it wouldn't matter very much in the near-term, because he's in the peak of his career, and the age curve for players at the peak of their career is very flat. But for Tejada, it will do some damage. (Nate Silver)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are Sabean/MacGowan being unfairly targeted in this Mitchel Probe? To me, singling them out as the ONLY front office with a shred of culpability is simply ridiculous. Singled out player is to Singled out Front Office as Barry Bonds is to Sabean/MacGowan??
(ericmilburn from San Luis Obispo)
Was there anything about Tuesday's non-event on the Hill that wasn't ridiculous? Well, unless you were Miguel Tejada, I suppose, but let's face it, if preening was an Olympic sport, I'm pretty sure we saw some of the medalists in action.

There isn't a GM, manager, or owner who deserves a free pass on this issue. It was an industry-wide problem, and unlike the game's uneven (and unfair) responses to the cocaine issue in the '80s, it wasn't like anybody from the last 20 years was playing Whitey Herzog and publicly stating "clean up or play for somebody else." The responsibility is pretty obviously collective, as it is with amphetamines. (Christina Kahrl)


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