Report: Mets place NLCS slide victim Ruben Tejada on waivers

The New York Mets have placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on waivers, ESPN reports.

Tejada, 26, became a household name after suffering a broken leg on the takeout slide by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley in the NLCS last October.

He became expendable this offseason when the Mets signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and acquired second baseman Neil Walker. In addition, Wilmer Flores, who started 103 games at shortstop during the 2015 regular season, remains on the roster.

In 116 games last season, Tejada hit .261/.338/.350 with 23 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI. He has spent his entire six-season major-league career with the Mets.

According to the ESPN report, the Mets would be responsible for just $500,000 of Tejada’s $3 million salary for this season if they part ways with him more than 15 days before Opening Day.

The St. Louis Cardinals, who will be without starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta for 2-3 months after thumb surgery, are among the possible suitors for Tejada. 

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