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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Joe Tetreault   
Saturday, 23 January 2010 14:26

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports that the Orioles worked out a one-year deal to bring Miguel Tejada back to Baltimore. Tejada is expected to play third base for the club, shifting recently signed Garrett Atkins to first base. The deal will pay Tejada $6 million. He earned $14,811,414 last season for Houston in the year of the six year, $72 million he signed with Baltimore in December 2003.

Tejada enjoyed a strong comeback in 2009, boosting his batting average back over .300 for the first time since 2006. Tejada's final batting line stood at .313/.340/.455. He led the National League with 46 doubles and was named to the All-Star team. The Orioles had dealt Tejada to Houston in exchange for Luke Scott, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate, Matt Albers and Mike Costanzo, presenting the likelihood that he'll play alongside at least three of the players he was traded for in the coming season. Tejada remains on probation for two more months following his guilty plea last year to a charge of lying to Congress about the use of steroids in baseball.

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