Watching Miguel Tejada play for the Padres makes me wonder how things might have been different had the Cardinals followed through on their pledge to deal for a pitcher AND a starting position player at the trade deadline.
Tejada was linked to St. Louis in rumors. But San Diego ended up landing him instead.
The Birds knew they needed a bat at the end of July. But they didn't know they needed a permanent replacement for third baseman David Freese who tore up his ankle in a minor league rehab game. But they could have found playing time for Tejada at his original position -- shortstop -- where he has played quite well for San Diego.
Tejada has contributed more than a run a game to the Padres' cause, scoring 27 and driving in 23 in his 43 games in southern California. He's hitting .266. But Petco Park is the toughest park on hitters in the National League. Tejada might have even better production if he was in St. Louis.
I don't know if he would take a job without guaranteed playing time. But I wouldn't mind seeing him in a Cardinals uniform in 2011. Tejada could play third if David Freese can't overcome his injuries and shortstop if Brendan Ryan doesn't hit. Ryan could also shift over to second base to give Tejada some playing at short.
The Birds need at least two hitters to add to the mix next season. Tejada could be a nice guy to have in the second spot of the order... Or he could make a really nice fifth or sixth place hitter in the order.