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Mets avoid arbitration with Ruben Tejada

The Mets avoided arbitration with Ruben Tejada, signing the shortstop to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million (Castillo, Jan. 16).

Tejada was projected to make $1 million this season (MLBTR).

Ike DavisLucas DudaDillon GeeDaniel MurphyBobby Parnell and Eric Young Jr. are also eligible for salary arbitration and filed earlier this week.

Sandy Alderson recently said Tejada could start the season as the team’s shortstop (DiComo, Jan. 9), despite reports of interest in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew.

“The same three alternatives exist: sign a free agent, make a trade, or go with what we have subject to probably bringing in a backup to Tejada,” Alderson said. “I’d say right now, it’s probably more likely that we will go with Option C, which is Ruben at shortstop with the addition of a backup.”

Special assistant JP Ricciardi recently said (WEEI, Dec. 28) the front office is happy to go with Tejada, who made trips this winter to a team-endorsed workout program in Michigan.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In an ideal situation, I hear Alderson would prefer Tejada be a back-up, utility middle infielder, as opposed to the starting shortstop. However, the market is what it is, and, the fact is, Tejada had been a more productive shortstop than many of the available options. It could be worse, it’s not like Ruben doesn’t have a  history of some success. It’s just, last year, he was a total waste.

Personally, I’ve gone back and forth on Tejada a million times since he joined the Mets. I went from thinking he was a smart, defensive-minded, middle-infield utility guy, to thinking he’s every-day shortstop, back to thinking he’s a utility player, to questioning whether he should even be on a roster, and back to thinking he can be a utility guy. I’m excited to see what he’s about this Spring. I’d love to see him win the job outright, not be a third option who gets it by default.




252 comments
D.j. Ace
D.j. Ace

Interesting,actually u wouldn't be on the unemployment line bcuz the Repubs hv cut the fund but that's another story..Here's his line for 2013: 0/10/.202 and he's making $1.1mil up from $514k so he's making double..Where can I apply for a gig with the Mets bcuz having no talent,coming in late and outta shape and underperforming gets u a raise in this economy.We're in the wrong business..This guy is a stiff..IDC what he did in 2012,unless he's Tulowitski he didn't deserve a job in the majors after putting up those #s..U hv to hv someone in ur system that can produce.He can't hit,run,hit for power,drive in runs and his defense is suspect so what else do u need to know?Sick of the nonsense!!

Jim Hague
Jim Hague

I predict a comeback year for Ike. Tejada? Not so much

Sam Bliss
Sam Bliss

well the Mets lockdown the division now!!! If only Ike Davis could hit .165!

Jim Hague
Jim Hague

That piece of dog crap should pay us Mets fans. $1.1 million for what? He's awful

slainte2
slainte2

Continued reference to the "great shortstop free agent class" are repeatedly recycled on this site ... just to be clear, we are talking about Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubel Cabrera, JJ Hardy, and Jed Lowrie (yunel escobar and Nakajima both have club options).  Each will be in low 30s going into 2015 except Cabrera (29), and all will be looking for the second generation FA contracts that Sandy hates.  

I don't really watch AL baseball, but power numbers of Hardy and Lowrie are impressive ... reminds me of Jason Bay numbers from AL East.  Do you think those numbers translate to NL and particularly Citifield?  OBP and BA are nothing exceptional, pretty similar to Drew, while neither is defender that Drew is (is that correct?)  As between a chance at these two vs. pretty clear path to Drew, I take Drew.  Losing a first round pick next year vs. losing a third round pick this year ... Dictating length of deal to 2 years plus/minus vs. who knows next year ... all of it, I go this year's option.


Now Hanley is special .. but with Yankees and Dodgers looking for SS after next year, assuming he doesn't fall down, Hanley will be looking 9 figures? As a 31 year old, just don't see Mets aggressive enough.  I don't think he is a possibility.


Best option could be Cabrera ... but IDK don't know if i would gamble on him falling to Mets.  Under any circumstance though, please stop with the fiction of many great SS options available to Mets after next season... its just not true.





nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Cerrone's opinion on players correlates EXACTLY with the front office's opinions...coincidence? I think not.

Dan Kahaner
Dan Kahaner

none of you are real mets fans if you think this wasn't a smart move. would you rather overpay for Stephen Drew and miss out on next year's great shortstop free agent class? or sign ruben to play one more year to hold us over. idiots. clearly the right move as far as the future goes.

Ralph Persico
Ralph Persico

I'm hearing that Collins really likes Anthony Seratelli, the kid we signed as a minor league free agent out of the Royals organization.  He has a fine minor league career record offensively as a switch hitter and can steal a base.  He is a middle infielder by trade but has played 1st base and all 3 outfield positions. If he capitalizes on the opportunity in Spring Training, we could have the 2014 version of "Super" Joe McKuen on our roster!  All the luck!

beers22
beers22

Even if we don't sign Drew, who's supposed to be the backup at SS?  What's the alternative to Drew?  Can't have one freakin' SS on the roster.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

The Mets need another bat. Tejeda only works as a starting SS if they get another bat.

Salman Ali
Salman Ali

You can't spin yourself into believing having Tejada back as the starting SS is somehow a good thing.


Even if he has a career year next year he'll still be, at best, an average SS.


Drew may not be amazing but he's better than that in a down year.  If you can get him for 2 years, the only reason not to sign the guy is because the team has decided to stop spending money this winter.


And that would be a shame since the team looks like it's not terribly far from being an actual competitor for at least a WC spot.

hankincolo
hankincolo

I do not believe the Wilpon debt issues have been resolved at this point. I also wonder if the reason Sandy has not signed Drew is because he's waiting to see what his payroll looks like after arbitration. Then, perhaps he'll make an offer to Drew. What's also amazing is Tejada will make a million dollars. I was going to write, "earn" a million, but after last season, has he really earned it? 

joeknix
joeknix

Drew is a career .264 hitter and Tejada a career .259 hitter but that's where the comparison ends.  Drew is a better fielder and has far more pop than Tejada will every possess.  I just cannot get over why the Mets wouldn't just sign him to a 2 year deal and evaluate after next season if they want to trade him or hang tight.  Tejada will never be as good as Drew and the truth his the Sox don't want him back so they can bring up their stud SS prospect.  It's a one horse race.  Sheesh, just ink him and give up the 3rd rounder . . . isn't that part of the benefit of having 1st round protection for being one of the 10 worst teams last season.  Man up, Sandy.

Tejada had 68 extra base hits in his career spanning 1216 AB's  (2 hr, 1 3B, and 65 2B)
If you compare Drew over a 3 year period spanning 1123 AB's you get (25 hr, 14 3B, and 63 2B) . . . and that's with roughly 100 less AB's
Drew had 50 extra base hits last year alone over 124 games and 501 plate appearances (13 hr, 8 3B, and 29 2B)

On Defense, last year, Drew was 3rd in the AL in range factor and 2nd in fielding percentage.  

Shawn Rosen
Shawn Rosen

I've never seen so many negative Nancy's in my life. Tejada isn't that bad. Get over it.

Don Corcione
Don Corcione

That's gonna put us in the World Series!........not!

rben
rben

Its funny how Cerrone's feelings on Tejada has changed as the mets Front Offices has.  That is a mighty convenient coincedence

mets2891
mets2891

Ughh crap, does this mean they're not getting Drew?  Only the Mets would be forced to re-sign a guy they virtually exiled last season because they can save a few bucks.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@slainte2 Thank you for the reality check! I could not agree more! Drew is a no brainer to me. He's no all star but he's much better than Tejada and there is no way they get anyone better next year. First of all, that's also assuming that all of them even reach free agency. 

That and the first vs 3rd pick. The length of the deal that's going to be required and the dollars. And how are they going to pay for them. If they do absolutely nothing next offseason their payroll is going to increase. CY falls off but is offset by Colon, Niese and Grandy increases. Let alone the arbitration increases. They may have to deal either Colon or Niese just to keep payroll constant. What makes anybody think they are going to then add another 15m+ to get one of these players like a Ramirez or Hardy? And honestly given all of that, why would any of them come here when they can go the Yankees or Dodgers or wherever? 

And I think Cabrera has a team option on him for next year. 

Mark Griffith
Mark Griffith

I do question it. He would have been arbitration-eligible, so its not like he wasn't going to be a Met. Maybe arbitration hearings are expensive and a hassle. Otherwise, why not take your chances on what was projected to be a lower number?

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Wait, you think the Mets are going to spend money next off-season? That is hilarious!

rf04
rf04

Not sure you can say "clearly the right move as far as the future goes" until it happens. But it may be.

You have a point, but there's no need to insult folks because they'd prefer a better SS than Tejada. Wouldn't you?

zoddie
zoddie

He's only played 16 games at SS in the past 3 years so he probably can only play there as an emergency guy, not as a proper injury replacement. Dude can hit a bit, though.

rf04
rf04

@beers22 Well, come spring training other players could also be released from other teams - or the Drew situation could play out in our "favor" (if signing him would be favorable).


We'll have to wait this one out, but I'd also prefer a little more established of a backup infielder. A Justin Turner type sounds like an ideal fit, huh? Wonder what really happened there?

beers22
beers22

To answer my own question, I guess it would be Tovar, who can also play second, but would provide little competition to Tejada to actually start.

zoddie
zoddie

This is actually not true. In the past 3 years, Tejada was better than Drew in one, they were equal in another, and Drew was much better than Tejada last year. Drew in a down year is injured and terrible. And over 30.

zoddie
zoddie

Based on last season, no. He was terrible. Based on 2011 and 2012, easily yes.

rf04
rf04

@joeknix You make a point - but I'm not in favor of getting on Sandy for not submitting to Boras. As time goes on, our bargaining position gets stronger. Not that that means we will be the ones signing him. But I think it's ok to draw this one out.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@joeknix

There may be some issue with Drew that we don't know about, although it's most likely $$.  The thing that gets me is why are the only 2 options Drew or Tejada?  What happened to the trades that Alderson was going to engineer?  What happened to upgrading the SS position being a priority?

arc34
arc34

@Shawn Rosen Just reality....the guy is over-rmatched at mlb level....we are not a small market team....go sign a real mlb SS. (period)

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Shawn Rosen

The GM came into the offseason saying upgrading the SS position was a priority for this team.  Now it's mid January and they are re-signing the guy they sent to the minors in 2013.  2014 is supposed to be the year the Mets start contending again.  How's that going to happen with largely the same roster as last year?

rben
rben

your right.  Mets fans have no reasons to be negative.  Afterall we all love being charged top notch prices for the tickets while running the team with a payroll worthy of Milwaukee

Hodges14
Hodges14

@rben The front offices feelings changed right about the time the Cardinals signed Peralta and Alderson realized that he completely misread the free agent market.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@mets2891Or he's under contract, and with the CBA the union has he had to file for arbitration and mets had to offer him a raise or it go to an arbitrator who almost always sides with the player.

rf04
rf04

@zoddie I think we need a * where * means *in the PCL. Not saying you're at all wrong - I know nothing about the guy, but I know some other guys on our squad who looked good offensively. (Tejada .288, Omar Q .333, Lagares .346, Valdespin .466, den Dekker .296 - just for a start).

Okay. I apologize for the negativity. I'm done. Let's go Mets.

beers22
beers22

@rf04 @beers22 yeah, they're waiting on Drew, but it's slim pickings for a backup if we're stuck with Tejada.  Is there a chance they bring back Turner or Quintanilla?  If it comes down to Turner, Q, and Tovar I would have to rank them in that order, but that means they didn't even upgrade the backup SS, let alone the starter.

zoddie
zoddie

Agree on not giving in to Boras. I think the calculus changed when Harvey went down. With a healthy Harvey, getting an extra win or two from shortstop could be the difference between the playoffs and going home. Now the 2014 Mets have almost no chance to win the World Series, so one or two wins doesn't matter much. May be worth it to see if Tejada can rebound to 2011 or 2012 levels and check our options next year.

Of course, if Drew comes super cheap the Mets may sign him anyway.

joeknix
joeknix

@Hodges14 @joeknix I cannot believe that Anderson is using the we're fine with Tejada card.  Who is buying on that bunk?  I hope this is just a tactic he's using in negotiations.  Truth is, outside of Murphy, the guys we're offering up just don't have enough value and i would imagine with Harvey out they pulled some pitchers from the table too.  Knowing it's a year where we wait for Harvey and build it back up the only likely option is Drew which only costs a 3rd rounder . . . or go with Tejada and Tovar and hope something gives in the trade market.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@arc34 @Shawn Rosen we are not a small market team....

Yet the team spends like they are.  This is the biggest most lucrative market in all of baseball and the Mets act like they are some poor third nation type of team. 

It's time to stop with the excuses.

metstastic
metstastic

@Hodges14@Shawn Rosen"2014 is supposed to be the year the Mets start contending again." The team didn't say that. The media did.. With a full season of Harvey (before injury) and money coming off the books that can be reasonably assumed.

rico
rico

@rben maybe if they canned the canned applause they play at the half-empty stadium they could save some $$ :)


God I HATE the canned applause at Citifield. Such a nice place to watch a game, then THAT!  Really the difference between me going to 2 games a year and 10+.  

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Mark Kelly @mets2891 OR the Mets could have non-tendered him in December making him a free agent and then IF they wanted him back they could have negotiated any salary with him.

rf04
rf04

@beers22 @rf04 I agree. I'll bet Sandy regrets ever saying that SS was a priority. There were really only 2 FA options: Peralta - who was risky (PEDs) and probably got overpaid by STL, and Drew - who is a Boras guy who foolishly turned down the $14 mil QO. And when he decided he will NOT be trading pitching (which was a fine choice), that kinda took any trade for a SS off the table. 

So here we are. Would we prefer this, or maybe a Asdrubal Cabrera type that cost us Montero or Syndergaard or Gee or even more? I think I'm ok so far, moves might still be made.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@bklyndude @arc34 @Shawn Rosen

For all of their denials the owners are obviously still broke.  No one would choose to put a team on the field year after year after year that no one wants to see if they could afford to do otherwise.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Steven Matregrano

Young was an allstar once, when no other members of the DBacks were on the team. 

His allstar season was .257 with a .793 OPS.  Not stellar and it's been nothing but down hill since then.

His peak was done in Arizona which is one of the best hitter's parks in the National League.  Citi Field is not going to help his numbers.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Steven Matregrano @Hodges14 @Shawn Rosen

Granderson and Colon are both good signings for a team that is ready to win. 

I don't see any reason to believe that Chris Young is bound to have a bounce back year similar to Byrd and the Mets are paying Young more than 10 times the amount they paid Byrd last year.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

@Mark Kelly @Hodges14 @mets2891 I think people are just upset that 1M is bib bucks for this team, and therefore will dictate he starts rather than spend some money to an availalble option that upgrades the team.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Hodges14@Mark Kelly@mets2891As could any team, and a backup SS at 1 mil isn't feasible on the open market. 


Clint Barmes got 2 mil.

Willie Bloomquist got 2 years 5.8

Furcal got 1 year 3 mil

Nick Punto got a 1yr 3 mil

Brenden Ryan got 2yr 5 mil


Complain he's the Starter, i'm ok with. Complain about giving him 1 million is just being ridiculous.