Before Asdrubal Cabrera strained his patellar tendon, Ruben Tejada was days away from being traded or cut, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.
Earlier in the week, a team official said it would be a "tough call" on keeping the young shortstop. But with Cabrera out at least a few weeks, Tejada is now the team's starting shortstop.
However, even if Cabrera starts the season on the disabled list, Tejada could still be traded because of New York's depth in the minors, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. Rubin writes:
GM Sandy Alderson opened the possibility that Cabrera may not be ready for New York's season-opener against the Kansas City Royals on April 3.
"He may not be ready for opening day, and that's one of the reasons we have the depth on our roster that we have now," Alderson said Friday. "If he's ready in three or four weeks, it's essentially the first week of the season and we'll be in pretty good shape."
Cabrera signed a two-year, $18.5 million deal with the Mets in the offseason.
Tejada hit .261 with 3 home runs and 28 RBIs in 116 games last year.