With Jhonny Peralta out, likely until midseason, the St. Louis Cardinals, uncertain about their current options, had been looking outside the organization for help.
And now they’ve got their man.
Cards GM John Mozeliak had previously inquired with the Mets about Tejada, but nothing had developed. But, patience has paid off.
The Mets released Tejada, and Mo signed him for just $1.5 million. The price is right, and he offers the added flexibility of playing all three non-1B infield positions, meaning the Cards can spell Matt Carpenter a bit with him too. With Pete Kozma no longer there, that’s a bit of extra benefit. He played 19 games there for the Mets last year; Greg Garcia had 4 at the hot corner for the Cards.
At the same time, this leaves open what Mo thinks about the longer term future of Garcia and Aledmys Diaz. It seems more likely that Diaz spends the whole year down at Memphis, unless something happens to Kolten Wong. Garcia could be the third option at SS if the Cards try Jedd Gyorko there as a backup, and certainly the third option at both second and third for this year.