Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has made the Kansas City Royals’ Opening Day roster as a utility infielder.
Manager Ned Yost made the announcement Friday before the Royals’ exhibition game against Cleveland.
The 38-year-old Tejada is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .239 with four homers and 26 RBI in 322 at-bats.
He spent last season with Baltimore’s Triple-A team at Norfolk, batting .259 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 135 at-bats before his release on June 25.
The 2002 AL MVP with Oakland, Tejada has a .285 career average with 304 homers and 1,282 RBI.
Tejada began Friday with a .353 average and three RBI in 34 spring training at-bats. He will get a $1.1 million, one-year contract when he is put on the 40-man roster. He will have the chance to earn $200,000 in performance bonuses: $40,000 each for 55, 65, 75, 85 and 95 games,
GIANTS: The brains behind two of the past three World Series titles plan to stick together for at least another four seasons.
The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season, bringing even more stability to a franchise that has counted on continuity during its recent run of success.
Both had previous deals set to expire after this summer before the Giants exercised their 2014 options in December.
“The glory days of the franchise are now,” Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge that and pay tribute to the people who have done it, from the general manager’s office to the manager’s office, to get us where we are now.”
DIAMONDBACKS: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $32 million.
The extension includes a club option of $14.5 million in 2018.
Goldschmidt took hold of the starting role at first base last season and batted .286 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI in 145 games.
YANKEES: First baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to get the protective brace on his injured right wrist removed Monday.
Teixeira said his goal is to rejoin the Yankees as soon as May 1. He will start the season on the disabled list because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.
“Like a pitcher coming back from Tommy John (elbow surgery), throwing through pain isn’t a good idea,” Teixeira said. “So I just have to be smart with it.”
He has been taking grounders since last weekend and practice swings with one hand on his bat.
“My plan is to not skip a beat when I come back,” Teixeira said.