Peralta is slated to miss at least two months after the surgery and Tejada's release from the Mets came in as fortunate news for the reigning NL Central champions. Tejada received a $500,000 buyout as part of his release.
For his four-plus seasons, Tejada is a. 255 lifetime hitter with 16 homers in 1,929 at-bats.
If Ruben Tejada gets the starting job that could that Aledmys Diaz could get a little bit more time in the minors. That could also mean bad news for Greg Garcia, who had already dropped from consideration for the starting spot.
He had a meaningful year last season for the Mets, producing 23 doubles, 28 RBIs, and three homeruns while hitting.261.
"We do feel like there is an opportunity to add depth, because Tejada was recently released, and for us it made sense to pursue this", Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. After suffering a broken leg in last year's National League Division Series (NLDS) following a Chase Utley's infamous takeout slide, Tejada was poised for a strong return. With Opening Day still two weeks away, however, it's a bit premature to be worrying about that. In his career, he has appeared defensively in 431 games at shortstop, 118 games at second base and 19 games at third base. One of the plans of the Cardinals this offseason was to acquire a utility infielder that would allow them to rest Peralta and second baseman Kolten Wong more during the upcoming season. Losing Peralta just before the season is a tough loss, but the Cardinals have shown in the past that they can overcome injuries.
Once seen as a potential successor to the speedy veteran Jose Reyes, injuries and inconsistencies prevented Tejada from harnessing his full potential.
Put aside for a minute the instant aggravation the Yankees could have inflicted upon their crosstown rivals by snatching up Ruben Tejada, who instead signed Saturday with the Cardinals. That was something Tejada considered as he fielded offers from several teams.