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Monday, November 30, 2009

Miguel Tejada to Red Sox?

At 35, Miguel Tejada is no longer the fearsome power hitter he once was.

And his range at shortstop may be slipping.

However, the free agent is still a skilled hitter; batting .313 with 199 hits last season.

So, Tejada may choose to market himself as a better alternative to third baseman such as Adrian Beltre, Mark DeRosa and Pedro Feliz.

One National League executive told Fox Sports that he could envision the Red Sox signing Tejada to a multiyear contract, with the idea that he would be their shortstop in 2010 and third baseman in 2011, after Mike Lowell departs as a free agent.

"If I was Boston, I'd have interest in Tejada," the official said. "He's a winning player. He inspires a team and makes you better."

At this stage of his career, facing declining skills, Tejada would likely have to take a pay cut from the $13 million annual salary he earned with the Astros this year.

Despite his offensive drop off, Tejada has averaged 15 home runs and 78 RBIs over the past three seasons.

Last season, Tejada hit 14 homers, with 46 doubles and 86 RBI.

But, Tejada will be 36 in May – the same age as Lowell. So, he will not assist the Red Sox in their goal of getting younger and more athletic at third and/or short.

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