The Padres acquired third baseman and six-time All-Star Miguel Tejada from the Orioles in exchange for a minor league pitcher before the trade deadline. Tejada will provide infield help to the Padres, who have been looking to upgrade their offense from the middle infield positions. The problem is Tejada wasn’t doing much offensively in Baltimore this year, hitting .269 with seven home runs. In 2009, Tejada had a surprisingly good year when he hit .313 with 86 RBIs. And, he got off to a great start this season by compiling a .293 AVG. with four homers and 13 RBIs in 19 games in April. But, since May 1st, Tejada has just 3 home runs and 26 RBI.
The Padres are hoping Tejada can get back to his level of production he displayed early this season. However, PETCO PARK won’t help Tejada and even thought he wasn’t brought in to sit, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect much.
In other fantasy news from Saturday…..
- Carlos Gonzalez is a star. Not a star in the making – a star. He hit for the cycle yesterday and now has the second best batting average in the National League. He has homered in four straight games and is on pace to finish with more than 100 runs and 100 RBI. He’s also going to steal more than 20 bases. There isn’t a more well-rounded player in baseball this season.
- Troy Glaus has not homered in his last 31 games and is hitting just .158 in that time. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Constitution acknowledges that Glaus has been hobbling in recent weeks.
- The Pirates sent Octavio Dotel to the Dodgers in a move that likely surprised some Pirates followers since he still had a year left on his contract. Despite the fact that Evan Meek was the Pirates representative at the All Star game and had the numbers to support him being there it appears that Joel Hanrahan will be the closer.
- Jonathan Broxton blew his fourth save of the season when he surrendered just his second home run of the year to Pat Burrell. Broxton has now allowed a run in four of his last six outings. Its been a tough ride, but hang with him.
- Despite all the recent injuries to the Tigers line-up, Miguel Cabrera continues to stay hot. He hit his 26th home run and now has 91 RBI.
- Rich Harden made his first start in more than a month. He pitched seven solid innings as the Rangers beat the Angels. Harden says he wasn’t over-thinking it.