|Miguel Tejada played shortstop regularly last season, but diminished range forced a move to third base with the Orioles this season. Luckily for him, the NL West-leading Padres sought reinforcements at both left-side-of-the-infield positions and traded for the 14-year veteran. San Diego traded Double-A righthander Wynn Pelzer to secure the services of Tejada, who is owed roughly $2.2 million for the balance of this season. Baltimore will contribute about half that amount.
The Padres have turned to Jerry Hairston Jr. as everyday shortstop for large stretches this season because Everth Cabrera has been either unavailable or ineffective. Tejada could help lessen the burden. (Cabrera has batted .179/.258/.268 in 19 July games.) Meanwhile, Padres third baseman Chase Headley has produced against righthanders this season, batting .303/.349/.442, but his OPS falls to .509 versus lefties. Subbing in Tejada could give the Padres more offense at the hot corner.
|Wynn Pelzer, rhp
Born: June 23, 1986 in Charleston, S.C.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 205. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: South Carolina.
Career Transactions: Selected by Padres in ninth round of 2007 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2007.
Pelzer ranks third in the Texas League with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings and second with 56 walks. He throws a lot of pitches, which combined with an upright delivery that easily gets out of sync, seem to point to a future in the bullpen. It’s not the end of the world. Pelzer’s plus fastball sits at 92-94 mph and, depending on whether it’s two- or four-seam grip, he can make the pitch cut or tail. His slider sits in the mid-80s with two-plane break and can make the most experienced batter look foolish when he’s geared for the fastball. Pelzer relied on a splitter in college and goes to it as a pro to give lefthanded batters a change of pace.
|Miguel Tejada, 3b
Age: 36. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Remainder of $6 million salary (approximately $2.2 million; Orioles send $1.1 million).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.