KANSAS CITY, Mo. When the Royals signed Miguel Tejada to a minor-league deal last New Year's Eve, they knew they wouldn't be getting the Most Valuable Player from the 2002 season, or the guy who drove in 150 runs for Baltimore in 2004, or the guy who routinely turned in 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in his youth.
But the Royals are hoping that Tejada can be more than a serviceable utility infielder and, just as important, a valuable presence in a clubhouse still filled with young players uncertain about how to win at the major-league level.
"Hopefully, what are young guys will see in Miguel is his day-to-day preparation," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "He's a guy who comes to the park every day and prepares to play and prepares to win.
"He's also a guy with great enthusiasm and energy. You hope that rubs off on everyone."
Tejada, 38, simply wants to play in the majors again. He last played in the big leagues with San Francisco in 2011, and spent ...