Oh boy, the strangest team offseason in recent memory might be getting even weirder. Miguel Tejada—the 5-9, 220 lb. shortstop who hit 156 home runs in his seven years in Oakland—wants to come back to play for the A's.
Here's the San Francisco Chronicle:
Late last night, I spoke to Miguel Tejada, who won an MVP while playing shortstop for the A's in 2002, and Tejada told me his fondest desire is to return to the team that gave him his first start.
"I would love it," Tejada told me by phone from Florida. "I have always loved the A's. That's the organization that gave me a chance when I was a little kid in the Dominican. They opened all the doors for me. …. That's my family."
"Tell Billy to give me a call," Tejada said. "I don't want big money. I just want to play."
Tejada has become good friends with Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to join the team this weekend as I report in this morning's Chronicle. Tejada, who played with Cespedes with Aguilas in the Dominican this winter, said he believes that were he around, it would benefit Cespedes.
Oakland's third baseman, Scott Sizemore, is out for the season, and Tejada could conceivably be a fine third baseman, aside from the fact that he can't really hit, run, or field anymore. .239/.270/.326, his line in 2011, isn't so hot for a corner infielder. He turns 38 in May too.
But everything else about this is a fairytale! He's buddies with Cespedes! He and Manny could do some Bash Brothers shit and show all these no-namers what winning Oaks baseball looks like. Pick up that phone, Billy.
Miguel Tejada says he wants to return to the A's [SF Chronicle]