by John Viril—
As desperate as it seems, 39-year-old Miguel Tejada is the Kansas City Royals best option at 2nd base. The Royals can prevent runs. They can pitch and field with the best teams in the league. What they can’t do is hit. Second base is black hole that sucks runs from the lineup. Tejada is the only candidate that can bring even a semblance of offense.
We’ve seen that Elliot Johnson has the best glove at the keystone. Chris Getz can do the little things. But neither of them can hit.
If the front office either refuses—or fails—to bring in help at 2nd base, Tejada needs to play every day.
Yeah, I know. Tejada has played sparingly for good reason. Tejada did not even win a major league job in 2012. The last year he held down a starting gig in the majors was 2010—and then he finished with a below league-average OPS+ of 83. His last “good” year in MLB came four years ago at age 35. The fear is that too much playing time will expose his aging body to wear and tear. Tejada’s per...