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ESPN: Miguel Tejada Inks Minor League Deal with Marlins

David Banks/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Miguel Tejada has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins, the slugger confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Tejada will immediately report to the team's spring training headquarters in Jupiter, Florida.  Tejada says the deal is subject to a physical, which will be completed before his first workout.

"I'm in great shape, I've been training every day for months," Tejada said. "I feel that I can still help a team. I will work hard to achieve game shape, and then to earn a promotion to the big club."

Tejada is in the midst of serving a 105-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed on him last season. Tejada was suspended after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of MLB's drug program while playing for the Kansas City Royals.

Tejada hit .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games and was on the Royals' disabled list when he was suspended for the final 41 games of the season. The punishment also included the first 64 games of the 2014 season.  He will be eligible to return to the majors after May 31.

The six-time All-Star has hit 306 home runs and driven in 1,302 runs during his 16-year MLB career.  He won the American League MVP trophy in 2002 while playing for the Oakland Athletics.


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