Padres trade Pelzer for Tejada

Miguel Tejada

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego Padres announced today that they have acquired infielder Miguel Tejada along with cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-handed pitcher Wynn Pelzer. In addition, the club has transferred outfielder Kyle Blanks to the 60-day disabled list.

Miguel Tejada, 36, has appeared in 97 games for the Orioles this year, hitting .269 (108-for-401) with 16 doubles, seven home runs, 39 RBI and 40 runs scored. 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. In 18 Interleague contests this year vs. the National League, Tejada hit .346 (27-for-78) with one home run, eight RBI and 10 runs scored.

A six-time All-Star (02, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09) and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (04, 05), Tejada was named the American League's Most Valuable Player following the 2002 season as a member of the A's. Originally signed by the Oakland A's as a non-drafted free agent in 1993, he has hit .288 (2222-for-7721) with 437 doubles, 23 triples, 292 home runs, 1,224 RBI and 1,156 runs scored in 1,968 games over parts of 14 Major League seasons with the A's (1997-2003), Orioles (2004-07, 10) and Houston Astros (2008-09).

Wynn Pelzer, 24, has appeared in 22 games (18 starts) for the Padres Double-A affiliate in San Antonio this year. He is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA (44 ER/94.1 IP). Originally signed as a ninth-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Pelzer has gone 26-23 with a 3.83 ERA (155 ER/364.1 IP) in 79 games (68 starts) over parts of three years in the Padres minor league system.

Blanks, 23, was originally placed on the disabled list May 20 (retroactive to May 18) with a strained right elbow. He played in 33 games for the Padres this season, hitting .157 (16-for-102) with six doubles, one triple, three home runs, 15 RBI and 14 runs scored. Blanks made his Major League debut in 2009 and has combined to hit .212 (53-for-250) with 15 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 38 runs scored in 87 games over his two years in the Big Leagues.

The Padres will make a corresponding 25-man roster move when Tejada reports to San Diego.

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