The Mets have released infielder Ruben Tejada.
This is not surprising. The club placed him on waivers the other day, but if anyone did they would’ve been on the hook for the $3 million he’s owed this season, which was not bloody likely. Not that the Mets are stuck with it either: because that salary was set via arbitration, the Mets only have to pay $500,000 of it since he’s not breaking camp with the club. Rules, details, technicalities, etc.
Either way, he’s now available to anyone for cheap. And he still has his uses. He’s 26 and is a career .255 hitter with a .653 OPS in 580 games for the Mets. People often refer to him as a superior defender, but that’s a suspect assessment, more likely based on the habit people have of assuming shortstops and catchers with weak bats must have strong gloves. Tejada can handle the position. He’s played some second and a little third. He could be an OK utility guy for someone who needs one.