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Orioles Acquire INF Ruben Tejada From Yankees for cash.


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55 minutes ago, weams said:

Janish is not capable of playing at the MLB level and contributing plus numbers. 

Yes, Tejada is definitely an upgrade as backup infielder.

AND...he is enough of a major league hitter that you can justify giving him a start once in a while at SS.   Buck can justify it as resting his veteran SS.   As bad as Hardy has hit this year, Janish wasn't likely an upgrade at the bat.   Tejada is.

Just don't expect him to knock in 150 runs in a season like the last Tejada we had at SS.

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1 hour ago, weams said:

Janish is not capable of playing at the MLB level and contributing plus numbers. 

When you're talking about utility infielders, how many are there that produce "plus numbers"?  Would you call Tejada's numbers plus numbers?   

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17 minutes ago, Ruzious said:

When you're talking about utility infielders, how many are there that produce "plus numbers"?  Would you call Tejada's numbers plus numbers?   

In the four years in the majors where he played the most games and got the most ABs, he put up OPS+ in the 90s each time.

Career OPS+ is 83.

Janish career OPS+ is 54.   Flaherty is 75.

Hardy's is 91, and he hasn't been over 100 since 2011.

This is someone who could legitimately start quite a few games for us at SS if Hardy continues not to hit, or if Hardy gets hurt, and it wouldn't hurt our lineup.   That wasn't really true with Flaherty and definitely not with Janish.   It's an upgrade, for sure.

If it's just the utility infielder position it probably barely moves the needle in terms of how well the team does.   But if Hardy or Schoop got hurt and we had to plug in Tejada full time for some significant period, instead of Janish/Flaherty, it could definitely make a difference.   And I think it makes it easier for Buck to bench Hardy more often if he continues his lack of production (whether Buck exercises that option or not remains to be seen).

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2 hours ago, SteveA said:

In the four years in the majors where he played the most games and got the most ABs, he put up OPS+ in the 90s each time.

Career OPS+ is 83.

Janish career OPS+ is 54.   Flaherty is 75.

Hardy's is 91, and he hasn't been over 100 since 2011.

This is someone who could legitimately start quite a few games for us at SS if Hardy continues not to hit, or if Hardy gets hurt, and it wouldn't hurt our lineup.   That wasn't really true with Flaherty and definitely not with Janish.   It's an upgrade, for sure.

If it's just the utility infielder position it probably barely moves the needle in terms of how well the team does.   But if Hardy or Schoop got hurt and we had to plug in Tejada full time for some significant period, instead of Janish/Flaherty, it could definitely make a difference.   And I think it makes it easier for Buck to bench Hardy more often if he continues his lack of production (whether Buck exercises that option or not remains to be seen).

Agreed with all of the above. Tejada is a very solid depth acquisition, and honestly better than what we already had on the bench. Given that it appeared to cost little... why not?

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1 hour ago, FlipTheBird said:

Agreed with all of the above. Tejada is a very solid depth acquisition, and honestly better than what we already had on the bench. Given that it appeared to cost little... why not?

Cost 870K.  The remainder of his 1.35m contract if he makes the majors.

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