The New York Mets officially put shortstop Ruben Tejada waivers on Tuesday as the Mets will not be responsible for paying most of his $3 million salary. Tejeda was scheduled to play in Tuesday's Spring Training contest against the Miami Marlins, but did not make the trip with the team. The move doesn't come as a shock since the Amazin's signed Asdrubal Cabrera this offseason along with versatile infielder Neil Walker and utility man Wilmer Flores.
Tejeda served as a source of inspiration during New York's magical run to the World Series after he suffered a fractured fibia courtesy of a dirty slide from LA Dodgers 2B Chase Utley in Game 2 of the NLDS. Even though Cabera is expected to miss a couple week with a strained patellar tendon , Tejeda didn't have a clear cut role on the team and his hefty salary made it nearly impossible for the Mets to retain him. New York had reportedly explored potential trade suitors for Tejeda's services, but didn't find an ideal fit.
The Mets have shortstop prospect Matt Reynolds who could be available to backup Cabrera if he's not healthy to start the year. If Tejeda isn't claimed by Thursday, the Mets can release him and would have to pay him $500,000.
The Mets crowded infield and Tejeda's bloated contract made this move a no-brainer for Sandy Alderson and company.