Tejada has been placed on waivers, paving the way for the Mets to free themselves from paying a large portion of the infielder's salary, multiple baseball officials told ESPN.
Tejada was due to be on Tuesday's trip for a Grapefruit League game against theSt. Louis Cardinals, but his bag was left behind when the bus departed.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson declined to comment. Teams are prohibited by Major League Baseball from discussing waivers.
Tejada was due to make $3 million this season, his final year before free agency. However, when the Mets tendered him a contract on Dec. 2, they did not foresee adding two middle infielders later that month -- Neil Walker andAsdrubal Cabrera.