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MLB Free Agents: Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Mark Teahen to Minor League Deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed veteran utility man Mark Teahen on Monday to a minor league contract. The deal contains an invitation to spring training.

Nick Piecoro, Diamondbacks Insider, broke the news on Twitter:



Teahen did not play a game in the majors in 2012. He spent the entire season with the Washington Nationals‘ Triple-A affiliate, playing in 124 games and producing a line of .260/.328/.360 with three home runs and 63 RBI.

Once considered an important piece of the young core of the Kansas City Royals, Teahen has since been on the downslide of his career.

At 30 years old, there is a chance that he can get back to form. That possibility remains unlikely, though.

With the Diamondbacks, he’ll be given a shot at making the team out of spring training. Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald are the team’s utility infielders, but first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is currently without a backup.

Teahen could be given that shot, but he could also be left in the minors as an injury fill-in.

Teahen’s best major league season came in 2006 with the Royals. In just 109 games, he hit a career-high 18 home runs and drove in a career-high 69. He also produced a line of .290/.357/.517.

There’s no risk involved in Arizona picking him up, but there is a small chance for a decent reward.

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2011 MLB Spring Training: The Chicago White Sox’s Dilemma at Third Base

One of the largest position battles out of the White Sox spring training camp is the starting third base job. Mark Teahen manned the hot corner for a majority of the season last year for the South Siders. He is no slouch defensively and has shown he can handle a bat. Through five seasons in Kansas City, he hit an overall .270 and 12 home runs a season.

The problem is Brent Morel. He is a 22-year-old who came up late last season and showed fans his above-average defense. His bat followed suit to his glove with three home runs in limited play and has given the White Sox a pleasant dilemma this spring.

The job was all but thought to be officially given to Morel this spring. Teahen has come on strong to show why it wasn’t just handed over. To date, Teahen is hitting .474 with one home run and six RBI. The most important part is he is seeing the ball tremendously, accumulating seven walks to his three strikeouts.


Morel has shown his ability and deserves a starting job; however, Teahen should not be left to collect dust on the bench. Many teams are or will be in the market for an everyday third basemen or super utility man.


Teahen fits this bill. He has proven he can handle left field, right field, third base, first base and, in a pinch, can man second base adequately. Add in the fact that he makes roughly $5 million in each of the next two seasons and Teahen appears quite able to be moved.


Just like in Kansas City with Alex Gordon, Teahen sees himself odd man out to a rookie third basemen. If he can not wrestle the starting job from Morel, see Teahen as possibly being the first White Sox player to be moved this season.

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Mark Teahen’s Return to Chicago White Sox Means Awful Decision Coming

Mark Teahen is set to come back in about a week from his minor league stint in Triple-A Charlotte after recovering from a fractured middle finger in May—not that anyone in the organization has noticed his absence with the White Sox on a tear without him. 

A question, which I’m certain manager Ozzie Guillen and GM Kenny Williams will answer incorrectly, looms.

Who do the White Sox send down for Mark Teahen?

Almost certainly the White Sox will send down either Brent Lillibridge or Dayan Viciedo, although the answer is clear that Mark Kotsay deserves the demotion.

I understand bringing up Teahen.

He can play third, second, and the outfield, and he can run. He’s a nice cushion for the inevitable fall of Omar Vizquel’s bat, which has been solid, especially with his impressive glove at third. 

Oh, and the fact the White Sox paid Teahen for some reason may come into play in that decision.

Bringing him up makes sense, but starting him does not. That, I believe, Guillen will make the right call on.

Who Teahen replaces, however, smells like an awful decision.

After his pinch-hit home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers today, Viciedo, the 21-year-old prospect, is hitting .328 with three home runs, seven RBI, 13 runs, and a stolen base. He’s shown no patience, however, walking zero times in 67 at-bats.

The White Sox feel Viciedo should be used against lefties, which is why they continue to bat Kotsay and Jones over Viciedo at DH, yet his numbers have come with 33 at-bats against righties and 34 at-bats against lefties. 

Viciedo is batting .273 with a home run, three RBI, and six runs against righties. Viciedo signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the White Sox, and rather than letting him play every day in the minors, the White Sox are platooning him at DH with more experienced hitters who aren’t hitting.

Kotsay is hitting .217 with six home runs, 20 RBI, 22 runs, and a .320 OBP in 230 at-bats. Considering he is 0-for-20 against lefties, I would say he is hitting righties a bit better, but only because he can’t get worse.

Viciedo is creeping in on Kotsay’s numbers with one-third of the at-bats. 

Kotsay’s mediocre-to-bad glove at first base is not worth his awful hitting. Enough of this complaining about bad luck for Kotsay.

So his average would rise to about .230 if he had some balls drop.

Is that better?

Viciedo can play first base if Konerko needs a rest. Viciedo is your future, and you’re starting an old guy who doesn’t even have a past.

On the other side, you have the 26-year-old Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge is your best option as a pinch runner, can play the entire infield if need be and center field, and is batting .406 with one home run, 13 RBI, eight runs, and two stolen bases in 32 at-bats.

Keeping Andruw Jones, even though he’s batting .204 with a .313 OBP in 221 at-bats, is okay because he does have 15 home runs and nine stolen bases and can play every position in the outfield.

Starting him every day doesn’t make sense, but keeping him around for versatility does.

Kotsay can only play a serviceable first base and is not hitting.

There is no reason to send down two young, more flexible players to make room for a designated hitter who can’t hit, but Guillen and Williams have been avoiding the obvious choice all season.

Prove me wrong, Kenny and Ozzie.

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