On December 16, 2003 — Miguel Tejada agrees to a six-year $72 million contract with the Orioles making it the largest deal in the history of the franchise. The shortstop batted .287 with 27 home runs while driving in 106 runs last season for the western division champions Oakland A’s.
“‘We’re tickled pink. It continues the tradition of great Orioles shortstops. That’s always been a cornerstone of the great Oriole tradition.” –MIKE FLANAGAN, Orioles’ vice president for baseball operations. The Orioles hit a home run with this deal as Tejada will produce an MVP like season in 2005, driving in 150 runs, while batting .311 with a .894 OPS. His 150 RBI’s rank 2nd all-time to Ken Williams who drove in 155.
Over his 5 years with the Orioles Tejada will hit .305 hit 109 home runs and drive in 468 runs. Although the team never finished above 4th, Tejada received MVP votes in 3 straight seasons.
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