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Ruben Tejada signs 1-year contract with St. Louis Cardinals
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Ruben Tejada signs 1-year contract with St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday March 19th, 2016

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The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a contract with former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, the team announced.

MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch first reported talks between the teams. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $1.5 million.

With Jhonny Peralta out for an extended period of time following thumb surgery, the Cardinals added Tejada to bolster their infield. The team would have likely started Jedd Gyorko at the position. Gyorko has spent much of his career between third and second base.

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Tejada started at shortstop for the Mets entering the postseason last year, hitting 261/.338/.350 on the year. His leg was broken on a takeout slide by Chase Utley during the NLDS, but he had recovered from the injury and had been playing with the Mets in spring training prior to his release.

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