The Mets won't go after Stephen Drew who will not only be more expensive than Peralta (4yrs/$53MM), but will also cost a draft pick. That leaves either a trade or a low budget signing that is sure to send the fan base into a frenzy.
The story here shouldn't be that Tejada may get a chance at redemption, it should be that the front office failed. They bad mouthed Tejada throughout 2013, sent him through an offseason nutrition program, yet will be forced to bring him in to fill the need at short because they can't manage to do better.
Tejada will turn just twenty-four this season and will be looking to rebound from a very disappointing 2013 campaign that saw him bat just .202 while appearing in just 57 games. On the verge of being demoted to the minors, Tejada injured his quad and landed on the disabled list. He would be banished to Las Vegas where he would bat a much more respectable .288, but couldn't find his way back into Sandy Alderson's good graces, delaying his call up until September 11th. He would play in just seven games before his season was ended by a broken leg.
Despite the fact that most fans have made up their minds on Tejada, the jury should remain out. The issue remains that even if he returns to form, which may be unlikely due to what the organization has deemed work ethic issues, he is basically a singles hitter. He does nothing to fill the team's power void, which the front office has said is an additional priority this winter. There is no way around it, Tejada's second chance at success will be the result of his front office's failure to replace him.