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Mets trade rumors: Cardinals interested in Ruben Tejada

The infielder may be traded if he does not make the Mets' Opening Day roster.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinals have interest in acquiring infielder Ruben Tejada from the Mets, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin. New York is reportedly shopping Tejada this spring, even with Asdrubal Cabrera dealing with knee issues that may keep him sidelined for weeks.

Tejada, 26, faces an uphill battle to make New York's Opening Day roster, as the team has Cabrera, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores and Dilson Herrera in the mix at the position. St. Louis is known to be looking for shortstop help after losing Jhonny Peralta to a severe thumb injury, and is known to be considering external options.

The Cardinals have Aledmys Diaz, Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia as options to fill in during Peralta's options, but are still thought to be looking for a depth option on the trade market. The team has also been connected to Braves shortstop Erick Aybar, though the team's asking price for Aybar is said to be high at this point.

Tejada has spent his entire career with the Mets, appearing in 580 games over six seasons. He hit .261/.338/.350 with three homers in 116 games last season.