Cards near deal with SS Ruben Tejada
The Cardinals are nearing an agreement on a Major League deal with former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, who recently cleared waivers and became a free agent. The addition would help fortify the Cardinals’ shortstop depth, which thinned following a spring injury to Jhonny Peralta.
Tejada, who will take the final open spot on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster once the signing is finalized, is considered an average defensive shortstop and has hit .255/.330/.323 over his six-year Major League career, all with the Mets.
Tejada, 26, was due $3 million by the Mets in 2016 before being released last week. The Mets no longer needed the additional middle infield depth with Wilmer Flores returning and Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker joining the club over the offseason.
For the Cardinals, the addition of Tejada would give them an additional shortstop option as they wait for Peralta to heal from left thumb surgery. Peralta is not expected back on the field until at least June. Up until now, the Cardinals had been looking at Jedd Gyorko, Aledmys Diaz and Greg Garcia as fill-in options.