January 23, 2010

Giambi stays with Rockies, Tejada back with Orioles

Both Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada were considered two of the best hitters in baseball in the early 2000s. Both have steroids clouding their reputations. And both were picked up off the free agent market today.

Giambi is expected to re-sign with the Colorado Rockies and Tejada will return to the Baltimore Orioles. Both are expected to be one-year deals.

Last season was the first time Giambi wasn’t with the Yankees since 2001 and it wasn’t pretty. He hit a combined .201/.343/.382 in 102 games. He really doesn’t belong in the National League anymore because of his horrendous defense, so I guess he’ll be used primarily as a pinch-hitter.

Tejada is a different story. He led the NL in doubles last year with 46 and hit .313/.340/.455 with the Astros. Now he’ll be back to playing shortstop with the Orioles, a team that has made a lot of big moves this offseason (more on that soon).

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