The Kansas City Royals announced the club has signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract for 2013. The Royals plan to announce the club’s Major League camp non-roster invitees at a later date. The Royals also signed veteran Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract with guarantees of making the major league roster.
The 34 year old Chavez made his debut in 2001 with Kansas City after the Royals selected him from the New York Mets organization in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft.
He is a career .269 hitter with 118 doubles, 32 triples, 26 home runs, 229 RBI, 341 runs and 100 stolen bases for the Royals (2001), Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012).
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Royals signed infielder Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract. Tejada’s contract is worth $1.1MM plus $400K in performance bonuses. The deal will be converted to a Major League contract as soon as there is an opening on the Royals’ 40-man roster and that Tejada has been given guarantees by the Royals he will make the team as a utilityman and second baseman.
Tejada signed a minor league contract with the Orioles last May. The 38-year-old requested his release after appearing in 36 games at Triple-A Norfolk with a slash line of .259/.325/.296 covering 151 plate appearances. Tejada last appeared at the MLB level with the Giants in 2011 posting a .239/.270.326 hitting line before being released.