Report: Blue Jays sign infielder Ruben Tejada to minors deal

New York Mets' Ruben Tejada watches his sacrifice fly to score teammate Wilmer Flores during the 18th inning. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor-league deal with an invite to their major-league camp in spring training, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports.

Tejada, 30, has spent seven of his nine MLB years with the New York Mets. He had only nine major-league at bats last season, playing most of the year in triple-A.

A career .250/.324/.317 hitter, Tejada has also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.

The Panama native is perhaps most known for his unfortunate role in what was coined the “Chase Utley rule,” after Utley, then a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was suspended for an aggressive slide that broke Tejada’s leg in the 2015 National League Division Series.

The rule was created after the Game 2 incident, and essentially says that baserunners must make a legitimate effort to reach and remain on the base when sliding. “A runner will be specifically prohibited from changing his pathway to the base or utilizing a ‘roll block’ for the purpose of initiating contact with the fielder,” the rule states.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Fla., on Feb. 13. The first full workout day is scheduled for Feb. 17.

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