Wade assures Tejada he won't be dealt
Houston GM tells shortstop his spot is safe with Astros
HOUSTON -- Amid rumors that the Red Sox were contacting the Astros regarding their interest in Miguel Tejada, Houston general manager Ed Wade assured Tejada on Monday that his spot is safe.
Various media outlets reported that Boston was curious about the shortstop, who is batting .284 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs this season, but Wade wanted to make sure his player's mind was at ease.
"It's really respectable for Ed to come to me and say, 'Miggy, don't worry about it. Don't listen to that because it's not true,'" Tejada said. "He said something right: 'Hey, a lot of people want you, but we don't want to let you go.'"
Wade said he approached Tejada in the weight room after the Astros' win over the Reds on Monday night to set the record straight.
"Instead of him being there answering questions [from reporters] leading up to the deadline -- 'Do you think you're going to go someplace? What do you think your status is?' -- and him giving diplomatic responses, I went in the weight room and I said, 'I haven't talked to any clubs about you, I'm not trading you, you're a Houston Astro and I'm glad to have you,'" Wade said. "He said, 'OK.'"
Wade also indicated he never had any conversations with the Red Sox involving Tejada.
"We really never had any intention of trading him," Wade said. "I never initiated any calls or discussions with any other clubs. I didn't have any of our scouts out there sifting through to see if there was something available. I never talked to the Red Sox about it. Obviously, I never talked to anybody else about it. The Red Sox never asked about him."
Tejada, who spent four years with the Baltimore Orioles, had twice asked that team to trade him.
They finally did so, getting five players from Houston in exchange for the 34-year-old, and Tejada said he does not want to be in that position again.
"Right now, my mind is really clear," Tejada said. "I'm with the team that I really want to be on, I'm here because they want me here. I'm here to win, and that's what I think about."
Tejada said Wade told him he is a member of the Astros and that the reason Houston got him in the first place was because it thought he could help the team win.
"I think the people want me here," Tejada said. "I love it here, I love the city. In my mind, I don't have anything that can happen. Right now, the team is playing good, and I don't want anything else."
Krysten Oliphant is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.