OTTAWA – Mark Teahen (St. Mary’s, ON) got a breath of fresh a few days ago when he received the news that he was traded to the Chicago White Sox.
Teahen, who has played third base, second base and right field in recent years with the Kansas City Royals was told he will be the starting third baseman for the White Sox, the position he is most at ease with.
“That's really my comfort position," Teahen said in a recent Associated Press interview. “It's huge. The past three years I haven't known where I'm going to play.”
In return for Teahen, the Royals got Chris Getz and Josh Fields.
Teahen was originally the Royals starting third baseman until the organization called-up Alex Gordon in 2007, the number two overall draft pick in 2005. Since then, Teahen has never settled on a position.
In 2009, Teahen hit .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 144 games. He made 99 starts at third, 31 in right field and three at second.
Teahen was also a member of Team Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic where he hit .167 (1-for-6) with a double and drew two walks in two games.