Ruben Tejada’s Mets career may have ended on the dirt in Los Angeles, his leg broken. The Mets reportedly placed him on waivers Tuesday. The timing of the move seems odd.
There has been speculation over the past couple of weeks that the Mets would part ways with Tejada and owe him just $500,000 of his $3 million contract. But that was before Asdrubal Cabrera went down with a knee injury. Oh, and David Wright has still not played in a Grapefruit League game.
I was never a fan of Ruben Tejada; I called for him to be non-tendered in each of the past two off-seasons. So I am okay with it. But with your left side of your starting infield suddenly in flux, it seemed like keeping Tejada was the smart move. And then they cut the cord.
Money was certainly a factor; $2.5 million can buy the team needed reinforcements as the season progresses. But it begs the question: why did they bother with him at all? Why re-sign him, just to release him when he is finally necessary? Covering the Mets is never boring.