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.