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Miguel Tejada would like a job with the Athletics, please

Miguel Tejada

San Francisco Giants shortstop Miguel Tejada has difficulty getting up after fielding a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rafael Furcal during the third inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 18, 2011. Tejada was given a fielding error on the play and left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


With the Giants last year, Miguel Tejada hit .239/.270/.326 in 343 plate appearances and played defense that experts in the field formally classify as “butt.” That said, he’d still like a job. With the A’s. From Susan Slusser’s interview with Miggy, who said that, sure, he’d listen if Billy Beane were to call:

“I would love it. 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. I don’t want big money. I just want to play.”

The thing that stuck out the most to me, however, is Tejada telling Slusser that the reason he played so poorly last season was that he “wasn’t happy” being on the Giants.

If that’s the key to his productivity as a player, I feel really bad for Tejada. Because it means he hasn’t been happy in years.