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Are the Mets leaning back toward Tejada at SS?

The Mets can live with Ruben Tejada at shortstop, a) if they upgrade their offense at other positions, and b) Tejada returns to being the player he once was, the team’s assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, pres. by Citi.

“There’s some smaller options out there,” Ricciardi said about the market for shortstops. “I think with a couple of the other pieces that are coming together at the major league level, we’re starting to get the formation of a club that can carry someone at shortstop like Ruben.”

Similarly, Sandy Alderson said that Tejada could find himself the team’s primary shortstop, depending on how the rest of the off season plays out. On other hand, he would be considered more of a part-time player, getting time at both middle infield positions, in the event the Mets acquire someone else, Alderson said Monday.

To see Ricciardi’s interview with Burkhardt, during which they also discuss the overall market, trading Ike Davis or Lucas Duda and the team’s strengths and weaknesses, click here.

76 comments
Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

The free agent market at SS next year is pretty deep. I've got no problem with giving Tejada another shot in 2015 IF we still improve elsewhere.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell

I'm so sick of hearing the Mets can afford this guy

trevordunn
trevordunn

we are punting 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017...

Jerry C
Jerry C

You cann live with Tejada if there is an up and coming SS in our high minors otherwise you go get a good SS. We don't have the solution so going for Hardy is a good play. Maybe Murphy and another player could make it work.

Vahid Bacchus
Vahid Bacchus

I think Sandy gotta say this, can't look too desperate

sell
sell

I honestly believe we are basically punting on 2014. The Granderson move was PR stunt to buy some respectability.  If we have Tejada or Duda in our opening day lineup, you might as well just tune in for 2015.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

well we cant trade him, no one wants him, hes not making any money so either he plays in the minors or if we don't get a GOOD SS he plays up here.  No need to SIGN one of the FA ss now, as there are a lot of better FA ss next year, unless they work a trade for someone.

mrdickey
mrdickey

The Mets are already backtracking because they have no confidence they can land a SS this offseason.


Now the team is stuck with Tejada and we'll hear about his uncanny ability to lengthen at bats.

Albert Dispinseri
Albert Dispinseri

what did they improve ....NOTHING......mets are all talk no action.

dave27a
dave27a

Personally, I've always felt it was a bit early to give up on Tejada...but they need to at least bring in someone to push him, like a Clint Barmes, who could slide into a bench role if need be.

Thomas Stridiron
Thomas Stridiron

Am I the only one still scratching their head that the Mets got rid of Turner because he did not "hustle?"  I never once saw him ever dog a play or not run out a ball or read anything like that.  If the Mets did in fact leak that, they should be ashamed of themselves as it is an outright lie.


However, Tejada is another story...yet he seems to still have a place on this team.


Something does not seem right here to me.

arc34
arc34

...reading between the lines, Tejada will platoon at SS and spell Murphy for defensive replacement in late innings.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

"...we’re starting to get the formation of a club that can carry someone at shortstop like Ruben."

What changed from the end of last season when you guys left him in the minors so Omar Quintanilla could play regularly?  Curtis Granderson and your usual group of "scrap heap dandies" is not enough to improve this team to more than 73 wins and the tenth worst record in the Majors.

Guess it's going to be another "wait 'till next year" off season.

Christian Card
Christian Card

Are we really looking at an infield of Ike/Duda-Murphy-Tejada-Wright? Where is the improvement on this team? A middle of the order of Murphy-Wright-Granderson? Is that any better than this team April of 13? I don't think so. Make some moves and improve this roster already!!!!!

granger
granger

I am not really sure how I feel about this... part of me just says go with Tejada, but only if that means we have upgraded elsewhere. .. I still remain slightly optimistic... I am interested in hearing what this so called 3 way will be ? 


Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

Guys, this team isn't going to be a championship team this year. They are building that and are on the right track. But why are you guys so quick to have to get a SS with what is available right now. 


Next year many more competent SS's are available including the likes of Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera and JJ Hardy. Even Hanley is available. Having harvey back in 2015 and adding a SS at that time while trading now to upgrade in other spots will put the team in much better position. 

Nick DeSilvio
Nick DeSilvio

I agree Danny Murphy sandy alderson is a terrible gm.

dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

If we dont get a SS in here I will be pissed, Tejada is not the answer, Sandy sucks at this, picks up one FA and thats all, cant even make trades, terrible GM, not aggressive at all.

Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy

this franchise is a joke starts with alderson this isnt moneyball

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

This worries me.  We'd go back to the well for a guy that plays grossly overrated D and is terrible on offense.  Why?

Nick DeSilvio
Nick DeSilvio

The more we do nothing at ss the more tejada will getmore lazy knowing he has no competition or threat of being replaced

Hodges14
Hodges14

The back pedalling has begun.  Maybe the Mets front office shouldn't trash their own players until they have a better alternative in house.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

Someone explain to me what the hell has Tejada done to deserve more chances???


Oh and if they add another bat where they can afford to live with Tejada at SS. Where are you adding that bat at?


Boy the Granderson signing seems to far away with all the crap that is starting to leak out again. Frustrating that Sandy who basically threw Tejada under the bus is now going to suggest he can start on opening day? He is not a starter on any other team in the league. What a joke

sell
sell

@Mlb GM Yoenis and Lowrie for Montero, Ike, Tejada and Familia?


Also, can we trade Chris Young please?

muskytoes
muskytoes

@Andrew Herbst That's a near certainty. The Mets and 51s will again be sharing the same roster in 2014. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Albert Dispinseri Granderson is an improvement.  After that not much else yet, but there are still several months until opening day.

sell
sell

@Albert Dispinseri

“I think with a couple of the other pieces that are coming together at the major league level, we’re starting to get the formation of a club that can carry someone at shortstop like Ruben.” -Ricciardi


How can we afford Tejada at SS?  He's making it seem like we just added 3 bonafide bats... All we got is Granderson (230/320/480) and Young (slightly worse). Our offense is still horrendous. 

dave27a
dave27a

@MetsIsHotChief Well I went to a game in Port St. Lucie in late March last year and in the 7th inning, bumped into Turner and his girlfriend in the team store...


Tejada has more talent and upside than Turner, and they have certainly disciplined him for his lack of hustle last year by sending him down for most of it.  There is no point in demoting a fringe player like Turner. 

sell
sell

@flmetsfan Exactly, he's making it seem like our team went through a major transformation... but it didn't

sell
sell

@Christian Card The Granderson signing bought ownership a bit of respectability, but all will soon be lost if that's all they plan on doing.


Should have passed on CYoung and went for a trade for Dom Brown or Yoenis/Lowrie

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

@Lee Lewin My hopes for 2014 (and call me crazy) is that this team enters September within 7 games of the 2nd wildcard...is it probable? I don't know...is it possible? I don't know.

dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

@Lee Lewin Its always next year with this team, Im tired of losing man, I want to actually see a playoff game.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

I hate to defend him, but what do you expect from Alderson?  The Mets have no one to trade.  Nobody wants Davis or Duda.  They had a taker for Murphy, but Alderson insisted on the best prospect in Baltimore's system.  It also seems that they are in love with Montero and DeGroom.  Thus no trades.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@dreamer3kx Tejada isn't the answer, but pickings are slim right now. Why not wait one more year till Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera and JJ Hardy all are free agents. Even Hanley is a FA next year. Can't build a great team all within one year. 

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@Hodges14 Back peddling? Seriously? he stated if they upgrade enough in otehr places they can live with Tejada at SS for now. What are you talking about? 


Everyone states the mets won't spend, then they go out and add 2 starting OFs. Now they are talking about making trades to improve the team but may go with Tejada at ss and its back to oh this front office is blah and so on. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Victor Triguero Tejada plays for less money than it would cost to get someone to replace him.  That's what he has done to get more chances.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@dreamer3kx @Lee Lewin bull crap this isn't its always nexst year with this statement. but pickigns are slim for a SS, why give away any prospects or a boat load of money to Stephen drew when you can upgrade the team in other spots now, cointinue to grow and be competitive and then add that SS next year.


In addition if a team like Oakland isn't doing well there is a good chance they trade Lowrie for little as they'd rather get something than lose him for nothing. 


Don't have to jump on a SS now man. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Lee Lewin @Hodges14 The've spent the last 6 months bad mouthing and punishing Tejada for not being in shape, etc.  Now when it appears that they are too cheap to get a better alternative they are ok with bringing him back.  It's just stupid all around.  Don't trash your players publicly unless you have the cash ready to get a better option.  Otherwise you look foolish, AGAIN.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Young is really going to be an upgrade?  The guy lost his starting job last year.  I'm not impressed with a guy coming off his worst season, and taking a one year contract so he could reestablish himself for next year's market.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

They added one starting OFer. Chris Young hasn't played full time for a couple of years. He hit 200 last season. Just because they over paid him, doesn't mean he is a starter. If they had brought back Byrd to play RF (for a little more money than Young) then I would agree with you. Byrd is a legit starting OFer right now. Chris Young needs to prove that he can be that player again.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@Lee Lewin @Hodges14 Actually in regards to Tejada he was back peddling. He basically threw Tejada under the bus and now he can be the starting SS. I do agree that this has been the most active we have seen the Mets under Sandy so at least this off-season they deserve the benefit of the doubt. They still cannot go into next season as currently constructed but Young and Granderson are definitely improvements of what we could of had out there

md92468
md92468

@Lee Lewin @Hodges14 To be fair, their first words out of the gate this offseason were "upgrading SS is a priority." The backpedaling began when they came to the realization that Peralta wouldn't work for a post-PED paycut. 

dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

@Lee Lewin @dreamer3kx You should be Sandys PR man, we should be one of the most aggressive teams in MLB right now, we need to win now and not sit, fans are tired of this team sitting. If we get another slugger I can live with Tejada.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@flmetsfan Young is a fine bench player.  and that goes for both Youngs.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I love the Granderson signing, not the Young signing. We could have given Byrd the 2 years at 8 mil per that he got from Philly. At least Byrd was in the top 10 in the NL in slugging % last year. Young is too much of a question mark for me.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@md92468 @Lee Lewin @Hodges14 right but it isn't back peddling if they still upgraded in other spots and we can call Grandy and Young SIGNIFICANT Upgrades to what we had. 

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@md92468 @Lee Lewin @Hodges14 Exactly....this is nothing more that quoting what was said  by the Mets themselves and now they can view Tejada as the SS. Sometimes it is better they just keep their mouths shut