Blue Jays sign Ruben Tejada to minor-league deal

I told you they weren’t done! I also told you not to expect anything interesting! So here you go: the Blue jays gave inked infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

Tejada is a name you might recognize from his time with the New York Mets in the first half of the 2010s. Known mostly for his glove rather than his bat, Tejada played 580 games with the Mets between 2010 and 2015, slashing a .255/.330/.323 line while playing shortstop, second, and third base.

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The Jays don’t really have a true backup shortstop on the roster right now, so Tejada could be that guy. Santiago Espinal is probably the best true backup shortstop they have on the 40-man, but he only has 28 games of experience at Triple-A. The other two options are Brandon Drury and Breyvic Valera, neither of whom are, well, ideal.