Miguel Tejada a weak option with Padres

Updated: July 30, 2010, 10:02 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

The San Diego Padres have a first-place National League West team, thanks mainly to strong pitching, and could certainly use some offensive help. On Thursday, the Padres attempted to address the need when they acquired Miguel Tejada from the Baltimore Orioles for pitching prospect Wynn Pelzer. Will that be enough help?

Tejada wasn't doing much in his return season for the Orioles, hitting .269 with a .308 on-base percentage and seven home runs, and he's certainly not going to help the team's defense. If Tejada moves back to shortstop, which he played last season for the Houston Astros, that would be an upgrade, as base-stealer Everth Cabrera has really struggled this season in terms of health and batting average. The Padres could also use Tejada at third base, and move Chase Headley to left field, which he played last year.

Regardless, Tejada wasn't brought in to sit, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much. Tejada is owned in 67.3 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues, probably based more on name value and his surprisingly good 2009 season, when he hit .313 with 86 RBIs. You won't find Tejada helping many fantasy owners this season. He's the No. 30 third baseman on the ESPN Player Rater, behind new teammate Jerry Hairston Jr., among others.