The Yankees made a minor league offer to free agent infielder Ruben Tejada, reports Brendan Kuty of New Jersey Advance Media. However, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports (via Twitter) that the offer was rejected, as Tejada is believed to have a big league offer on the table elsewhere. Newsday’s David Lennon tweets that Tejada is actually considering multiple Major League offers.
The 26-year-old Tejada became a free agent earlier this week when the Mets placed him on waivers and released him after he cleared. He’s been speculatively linked to the Cardinals for the better part of two weeks now, ever since shortstop Jhonny Peralta was learned to have a torn thumb ligament that required surgery and will sideline him for at least the first two months of the season. It’s not clear at this time, though, whether the Cardinals have extended an offer, although ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reported recently that the Cards had some interest in Tejada before he was even released.
Tejada batted .261/.338/.350 in 407 plate appearances for the Mets last season and is capable of playing second base and third base as well, if needed. He had originally avoided arbitration with the Mets by agreeing to a one-year, $3MM deal, but the Mets tendered him a contract prior to acquiring Neil Walker in a trade and signing Asdrubal Cabrera as a free agent. Arbitration contracts, by nature, aren’t fully guaranteed until Opening Day, so by cutting him with more than 15 days left in Spring Training, the Mets were only required to pay 30 days of his salary. That amounted to about $491K, and Tejada is now free to sign with any club for any amount.