First-Place Padres Acquire Miguel Tejada From Orioles
FanHouse's Tom Krasovic confirmed the first-place Padres have acquired the veteran infielder from the Orioles for minor league pitcher Wynn Pelzer.
Tejada was a late scratch from the Orioles' lineup Thursday and the Baltimore Sun first reported he had been traded to San Diego. The deal needed approval from the commissioner's office because money was changing hands to offset the remainder of Tejada's $6 million salary this season.
The 36-year-old infielder should provide the Padres a boost on offense, though his .670 OPS this season is well below his usual standard and his worst since 1998. Tejada last played in the postseason during his time with the A's, who lost in the first round each year from 2000-03.
Pelzer, 24, is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 appearances (18 starts) for Double-A San Antonio.
The Orioles reportedly will call up Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk to take over as their third baseman.