Former Astro Miguel Tejada was designated for assignment by the Giants yesterday. That means the Giants have ten days to trade or release the veteran infielder. Tejada had a disappointing .239/.270/326 line in 91 games for the Giants this season. Tejada had two very productive years with the Astros before becoming a Free Agent prior to last season. At 37 years of age Tejada is nearing the end of the line. But I suspect he will land with another team and hang around for at least one more season. The Giants have struggled to find offense and now trail Arizona by nine games in the N.L. West. The two teams begin a critical three game series tomorrow in San Francisco.
Along with Tejada, the Giants also cut ties with veteran outfielder Aaron Rowand. Pat Burrell and super prospect Brett Pill were activated to fill the two available roster spots. Tejada and Rowand declined when asked to comment on their situation. Rowand has spoken out about a lack of playing time this season and Tejada complained about being asked to bunt in Sunday’s game against the Astros. General Manager Brian Sabean said the moves were strictly performance related. But you have to wonder about that, especially considering the timing. Major League rosters can be expanded by as many as fifteen players on the first day of September. Tejada was on a one year contract, but the Giants still owe Rowand $12 million for next year. San Francisco has lost 21 of their last 30 games, including losing three of five against the Astros.