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Mets, Ruben Tejada agree to one-year, $3 million contract

The shortstop goes into the 2016 season as a backup.

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The Mets and Ruben Tejada have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract and have therefore avoided going to an arbitration hearing. This was the 26-year-old shorstop's third year of arbitration eligibility, and he's eligible for his final year of arbitration following the 2016 season.

Tejada is perhaps best known for having his leg broken by the lowly Chase Utley in the National League Division Series in October. Before that, he had played respectably in the regular season, as he hit .261/.338/.350 with a 95 wRC+ in 407 plate appearances and played decent defense at short.

Now that the Mets have signed Asdrubal Cabrera, though, Tejada doesn't figure to start many games, so long as everyone else in the middle infield is healthy. Tejada has been a much better hitter against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching in his major league career, but Cabrera has no significant platoon splits. At second base, Neil Walker has trouble against left-handed pitching, but Wilmer Flores is also a right-handed hitter who should see some playing time when Walker doesn't start.