Robinson Tejeda will be returning the Kansas City Royals bullpen today after agreeing to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration. The soon to be 29 year old had a 3-5 record over 61 innings pitched last season with a 3.54 ERA.. The ERA has remained the same the past two seasons for Tejeda but hut walk total was nearly cut in half over 2009. Tejeda broke through with the Philadephia Phillies 2005, and spent parts of the next three seasons with the Texas Rangers before being claimed off waivers by the Royals in June of 2008.
Mostly a starter through the 2008 season, Tejeda has really found a spot for himself in the Royals bullpen as cheap durable arm. Next to Joakim Soria, Tejeda was the closest thing to a relief pitcher you could count on lastseason. Tejeda will likely regress a bit this season statistically, however with an improved defense behind him, look for much of the same. At any rate he could prove to be a worthwhile trade chip come summer.