The LI Ducks Ink Ex-Met Infielder Ruben Tejada

The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have signed their first player of the year, former New York Met Ruben Tejada, to a contract for the upcoming season, today the team Tweeted.

Long Island Ducks ink former Met Ruben Tejada.

“We are excited to welcome Ruben aboard and begin constructing our roster for the 2023 season,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said on “He is a versatile infielder who brings a wealth of experience to our club.”

Tejada has spent nine campaigns in MLB, with the Mets (2010-15, 2019), St. Louis Cardinals (2016), San Francisco Giants (2016) and Baltimore Orioles (2017). The 29-year-old played in 663 games, posting a .250 batting average with 10 home runs, 158 RBI, 225 runs, 530 hits, 110 doubles, 202 walks and 16 stolen bases.

The Panama native also played in two postseason tilts with the Mets during their run to the National League championship in 2015. 

Tejada split time in 2021 with Lehigh Valley (AAA, Phillies) and Charlotte (AAA, White Sox). In 80 contests combined between the two clubs, he totaled 20 RBI, 27 runs, 59 hits, five doubles, one triple and 34 walks. On June 19, 2019, he hit for the cycle while playing for Syracuse (AAA, Mets) against Charlotte.

This winter, he appeared in five games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. Tejada also helped lead his native Panama to qualification for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, which will take place this March. Tejada previously represented Panama at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and in the 2013 WBC Qualifying Tournament. The Mets originally signed Tejada as an international free agent in 2006.

— Jerry Del Priore


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