Ruben Tejada could certainly end up Sandy Alderson’s primary shortstop, the GM told reporters on Sunday (Brender).
According to Alderson, the Mets are pleased with the work Tejada is doing this off-season. Tejada has been part of a group of players taking part in the team’s off-season training program in Michigan.
“Words are words and actions are actions,” Alderson said Sunday night. “Look, I don’t want to be too heavy-handed here with Ruben. Let’s put aside whatever his motivation may be or not be, it’s about ability and what he can do on the field. And he’s going to have to play good defense and get on base. He doesn’t have the power potential that you’d like to see in players, perhaps at other positions. And so he’s going to have to do those things well that he has the capacity to do. That’s what we saw in him a couple of years ago. That’s not what we’ve seen over the last year or so.”
In order to sign a free-agent shortstop, such as Stephen Drew, Alderson said there would need to manipulate the payroll to make it happen.
Mets shortstops hit .215 with a .561 OPS in 2013.