We all remember Miguel Tejada's glory days in Oakland. He was a force, playing a great defensive shortstop, hitting for power and average, and providing many a clutch performance. He won the 2002 AL MVP and delivered walk-off hits in games 18 and 19 of The Streak, and inspired the fanbase. But you all know this already. You probably also remember him leaving for Baltimore and remaining dominant at the plate until 2008. He then moved on to Houston and San Diego, and had a brief stint in 2011 with that team across the Bay. His 2009 line with Houston was very impressive, posting a .313/.340/.455 with 14 homers and 86 RBI's. 2010's line split across San Diego and Baltimore was still productive, as he amassed 15 homers and 71 RBI's. His 2011 campaign was shortened, but he started the season quite strong. After a dropoff in OBP and slugging, the (redacted)'s designated him for assignment.
Now, should we sign Miggy and let him end his career where it all started? I say absolutely yes. Yes his production has dropped off, and yes he's over the hill. But what risk are we taking in signing him to a minor league deal? The guy provided so many awesome moments in the green and gold, and energized the Coliseum night in and night out during the Moneyball era. He's incredibly durable, having only missed a handful of games since the 2000 season, and whatever he has left in the tank is likely better than what a Josh Donaldson or an Eric Sogard would bring. If he was a 5 million dollar signing, I'd be against it. If Scott Sizemore was healthy, I'd be against it. If Stephen Parker was ready, I'd be against it. But right now, you can have one of the most electric and likeable players in A's history back on your team for a Manny-like deal. 1 Year, non-guaranteed, cheap and no-risk. If Donaldson rakes in Spring Training, you can cut him. But right now, I see this as a great move to make for the team, for the fanbase and for Miguel.