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“"He's just a fun guy to be around," Loretta said. "He really pulled for his teammates, kind of one of those guys that people are drawn to. Funny, plays every day, plays hurt. He's a gamer." First-year general manager Jed Hoyer envisions Tejada playing some at third base, where Chase Headley has struggled against left-handed pitching, and at shortstop, as well as coming off the bench. He has appeared in 93 games in the field this season, all at third base, after having played shortstop in each of his previous 1,846 games. "My role is always to be an infielder. I think they know what I can do," Tejada said. Manager Bud Black said the Padres will even talk about using Tejada in left field. Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said Tejada mentioned during an interleague series in June that he had played left field some during winter ball. Black said Tejada's first start will probably be at shortstop. The Padres will have to make a corresponding move to get Tejada on the roster. One possibility would be to demote shortstop Everth Cabrera, whose average has dipped to .199. "He'll move around for us," Hoyer said. "Part of our strength this year is having a good 25-man roster, not just having a good starting lineup. I think he'll play a lot, but it will be in different spots. It makes us better." Tejada is hitting .269 with seven homers and 39 RBIs, down from the .313 he hit with Houston last year. "I think he still has a lot to bring. He's still a tough out," Hoyer said. "We're hoping that getting him in a pennant race and getting him on a winning team can energize him." Black agreed. "From what I hear about this guy, he plays with a great deal of passion and energy," Black said, "and I think coming to a situation where we are, and what our final couple of months mean, it can only excite a player." In 18 interleague games this year, Tejada hit .346 with one homer, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored. Tejada said it was "an honor to go to play where they want me. But I'm sad because I've loved being here. I've been here a long time and it's like my home. I love being here with these guys. I'm sad but I know this game is a business." Tejada signed a $72 million, six-year contract with the Orioles in December 2003, playing in Baltimore until being traded to Houston in December 2007 for five players. A six-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Tejada rejoined the Orioles in January, signing a $6 million, one-year contract. San Diego will pay $1 million of the $2,163,934 remaining in Tejada's salary. The Padres also will pay the $150,000 assignment bonus Tejada's contract required in the event of a trade. To fill Tejada's roster spot, the Orioles recalled third baseman Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk. Pelzer was San Diego's ninth-round pick in the 2007 amateur draft. He was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA at San Antonio this season, and has gone 26-23 with a 3.83 ERA in parts of three seasons.
I'm one of the most excited guys to get him, because I know how he is. He is the perfect guy for this clubhouse. He's not overbearing. He's going to be great for these young guys. One of the best leaders I've ever been around.” -- Padres outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. on addition of Miguel Tejada