The New York Mets are trying to save as much on its salary cap and with the season opening in just weeks away decided to cut ties with infielder Ruben Tejada. This, despite Tejada’s recovery from his injury that sidelined him last October.
Tejada signed a one-year contract with the Mets worth $3 million last January to an avoid arbitration hearing. Thus, putting Tejada on waivers will mean that teams can negotiate to sign him up that would bring depth to their rosters.
The Mets’ move is to clear them of their obligations with Tejada and to unload their already loaded infield roster that included Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera. ESPN reports that if no team claims Tejada, the Mets will be forced to cut him more than 15 days before the Opening and must pay him an amount of $500,000 or one-sixth of his salary.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson declined to comment on the matter as the Major League Baseball prohibits teams from discussing waivers. But Tejada was confirmed will not play for the Mets when they face the Miami Marlins for a Grapefruit League game.
Tejada suffered a broken right fibula in the second game of the 2015 NLDS vs. the Dodgers as a result of Chase Utley sliding into him. Utley did not aim for the base but rather right at Tejada to break up a double play violated Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a) (13), which is designed to protect fielders from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base. Utley was suspended for two games as a result of the incident.
With the waiver, Tejada is left with no team to play for and rumors are circulating that the LA Dodgers are putting on their thinking cap and are weighing their options of whether to make an offer to Tejada.
Tejada signed with the Mets as an international free agent in 2006. He debuted in professional baseball in 2007. He was then invited by the Mets to join them in spring training in 2010 and replaced Luis Castillo in June 4, 2010 as the Mets won against the Florida Marlins with a 4-3.
He is also considered as the second longest Mets player to have been with the team next to team captain David Wright. Aside from the Mets, Tejada also plays for the Panama National Baseball team and saw action in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.
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