It seems that Miguel Tejada enjoyed his time in the NL West. He packed his bags and is moving to Northern California to join the World Champion San Francisco Giants. He accepted a 1-year deal for $6.5 milllion. He will be the new starting shortstop for the team.
The San Diego Padres are still looking for their starting middle infielders for the upcoming season. We all are getting anxious to see what Jed Hoyer has planned. There are a few holes that need to be filled and we keep seeing former players finding new teams to play on for 2011.
The Padres need a 2B and a SS for 2011. There has been talk in bringing back Jerry Hairston, but that would probably be in the utility role. There are a lot of rumors floating around that link the Padres to SS Jason Bartlett of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Padres have also been linked to the Red Sox for SS Jed Lowrie. Currently on the roster, Evereth Cabrera is the only player that is “ready” for the position.
There are some intriguing middle infielders that are available in free agency, but they would have to take a San Diego discount. Hoyer probably has to wait till late in the off-season to see if any of these players are getting desperate for a starting role. Orlando Cabrera, Felipe Lopez, and Orlando Hudson are all players that would look good in a Padres uniform. Jed Hoyer has to bring in somebody to play the positions, let’s see if he does it through trade or free agency.