Just days after passing through waivers unclaimed, the Cardinals have signed ex-Met shortstop Ruben Tejada to a one year, $1.5 million deal.
The decision to release Tejada was, according to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, “a move we felt we needed to make.” After stockpiling the middle infield with the additions of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera, Tejada appeared to be an expendable component of the Mets bench, taking into account his $3 million salary for the upcoming season. With Tejada gone and Cabrera likely ready for Opening Night, shortstop prospect Matt Reynolds and super-utilityman Eric Campbell appear to be the favorites to win the final bench spot.
The addition of Tejada could not have come at a better time for the Cardinals, who have recently lost their star shortstop, Jhonny Peralta, to thumb surgery. Ruben will compete with the newly-acquired Jedd Gyorko to be the starting shortstop.
Tejada, of course, was made famous from this collision (that still infuriates me to this very day) with the Dodgers’ Chase Utley. Ruben worked to come back from the broken leg he suffered on the play only to be released by the one organization he’s ever known.
The phrase “up the middle” now horrifies me to my very core.
Ruben received a very warm last welcoming in Gam3 of the NLDS: