The New York Mets have placed infielder Ruben Tejada on waivers, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.
The move will free up $2.5 million in salary owed to the 26-year-old this season. Tejada was scheduled to make $3 million in 2016, but the Mets will now have to pay only a sixth of his salary because they cut him more than 15 days before the start of the regular season.
New York added two established second basemen in Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera in the off-season, while Wilmer Flores emerged as a solid starter at shortstop last season.
Tejada last played during the NLDS, when his right fibula was fractured on a hard slide by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley. That incident led to a new rule banning players from attempting to break up double plays.
Tejada returned healthy in spring training, hitting .278 with a home run and five RBIs in eight games.