It doesn’t matter the time of year. It always seems like a good time to talk about Ruben Tejada and his status with the New York Mets. So what is the latest trade rumor regarding Tejada? According to numerous reports, a possible trade to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cards shortstop Jhonny Peralta is out with a torn ligament in his thumb. Cards’ general manager John Mozeliak says Peralta could be out until June. The red birds could look at the Mets for a stopgap.
Let’s not jump to conclusions. On going outside of the organization for a shortstop, Mozeliak told ESPN:
I’d like to see what we have first and then determine what’s next.
…if we feel we need to go outside the organization to improve on those odds, then we will. Right now, I don’t think that’s something we feel we have to do at all.
On Monday (3/7), Craig Edwards said the best option for the Cardinals would be to promote their Cuban prospect, Aledmys Diaz, who some feel could be ready for the majors this year.
The Cardinals will have the next month to evaluate their options, but the best case scenario is likely Diaz having a very good month and showing the Cardinals he is ready for a role on the big-league ballclub. Losing Peralta for any amount of time hurts, but the Cardinals do have a bit of depth to cover while he is out.
By depth Edwards is referring to Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia. Mozeliak seems secure in what he has in house. He is not jumping to the phones making calls to bring someone in.
If the Mets can trade or cut Tejada, they will save on payroll. The catch is they have until 15 days before opening day to make a decision. The shortstop is owed $3 million this year. The team would only be responsible for 30 days pay should they cut him before the deadline.