Tejada begins his first season with the Ducks and 15th in professional baseball. The nine-year MLB veteran played with four teams during his time in The Show, including the New York Mets (2010-15, 2019), St. Louis Cardinals (2016), San Francisco Giants (2016) and Baltimore Orioles (2017). He played in 663 games, compiling a .250 batting average with 10 home runs, 158 RBIs, 225 runs, 530 hits, 110 doubles, 202 walks and 16 stolen bases. The Panama native also played in two postseason games with the Mets during their run to the National League championship in 2015. His first MLB hit came on April 9, 2010, at Citi Field off Washington Nationals pitcher Tyler Walker, and his first MLB home run was hit off September 5, 2010, at Wrigley Field off Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo.
The 33-year-old split time in 2021 with Lehigh Valley (AAA, Phillies) and Charlotte (AAA, White Sox). In 80 games combined between the clubs, he totaled 20 RBIs, 27 runs, 59 hits, five doubles, one triple and 34 walks. On June 19, 2019, he hit for the cycle while playing for Syracuse (AAA, Mets) against Charlotte. This winter, he appeared in five games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. Tejada also helped lead his native Panama to qualification for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, which will take place this March. He previously represented Panama at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and 2013 WBC Qualifying Tournament. Tejada was originally signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2006.