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Orioles close to bringing back Tejada

Orioles close to bringing back Tejada

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Orioles close to bringing back Tejada
BOSTON -- The Orioles are closing in on signing veteran infielder Miguel Tejada, who will report to the team's Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday to take a physical.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the team received favorable reports about Tejada, who is 37, and he will work out for the foreseeable future in extended spring training. The two sides have not reached an official contract agreement, but there are terms in place provided Tejada's physical and workouts go smoothly.

It's unclear how long Tejada -- if he officially signs -- would need to be an option for the Major League club or how this affects current third baseman Mark Reynolds.

Assuming Tejada passes Monday's physical, the two sides will sit down and agree to terms on a contract situation that is very close, a source told MLB.com. This will be Tejada's third stint with the Baltimore Orioles, having signed as a free agent twice before.

Tejada previously spent five seasons (2004-07 and part of 2010) with the Orioles, hitting .305 with a .354 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage. He played for the Giants in 2011 before being released.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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