The Ruben Tejada era in New York has come to an end, as the Mets released the shortstop yesterday. It was a difficult run for Tejada in Flushing, especially after he had to take over for Jose Reyes. He never panned out the way Mets officials and fans may have hoped, but Tejada served as a stop-gap at a position that is one of the more tough spots to fill in all of baseball.
It doesn't stop here for Tejada, who is sure to have a number of suitors. The Cardinals are in need of a shortstop, and could get Tejada on the cheap. There are also teams that need depth at shortstop and second base, and Tejada can provide that. The other New York team comes to mind.
More from around the National League East:
- With Tejada out of the fold, Matt Reynolds much more for the New York Mets. Here is his season preview from Chris McShane over at Amazin' Avenue.
- The Nationals learned last night that right-hander Bronson Arroyo has a labrum tear, putting an end to his comeback bid. Arroyo was fighting with Joe Ross and Tanner Roark for the final two spots in the Nationals rotation. Looks like both Ross and Roark have their spots locked up now.
- The biggest news out of Marlins camp isn't even about one of their players. 51-year-old hitting coach Barry Bonds, you may remember his 762 home runs as a player, defeated the rest of the Marlins team in a home run derby. And yes, that Includes Giancarlo Stanton.
- Eric Cole of Talking Chop discussed the Braves prospects that have impressed the most throughout the spring.
- Andrew Bailey has a real shot at becoming the Phillies closer, writes Matt Gelb of Philly.com. The 31-year-old hasn't saved a game since 2013 and has only thrown 52.2 innings in the majors the past four seasons. Bailey had shoulder surgery back in July of 2013, and doctors pegged him for an 18-24 month recovery and he had his first healthy offseason last winter.