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Ruben Tejada could still end up SS for the Mets

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.




175 comments
John Vastola
John Vastola

Need best bats possible regardless of position. The two World series the Met's won did not have great offensive shortstops on those teams.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

The problem I see in the statement above?  "...In order to sign Drew they would need to manipulate the payroll..."  That tells me that Granderson is likely it for the off-season, and if that is the case, there is going to be many, many pissed off Mets fans.  I happen to believe that Granderson is being used to make a statement with.  Regardless of how you feel about the deal, he is a tremendous upgrade over what they had for CF.  But every Mets fan still knows he is not enough, and should just be enough this off season.  That statement just confirms for me they are already trying to convince the fans we should be expecting no more than more cheap "stop-gap" players.

Pete Spaz
Pete Spaz

Nahhh...no worries! We WILL GET DREW... if the Mets trade away Murphy and Davis they'll sign Drew.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I can deal with Tejada at SS next season as long as the NL adopts the DH rule. Just joking. I hope Sandy can upgrade SS. Reuben is not the fastest guy running the bases but who knows. Just maybe the trip to the fat farm is making a difference.

Jason Moey
Jason Moey

We could careless about what they don't do.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

I don't care if they leave the Winter meetings without a new shortstop, just as long as they don't leave Port Saint Lucy without one.

Mark
Mark

Remember when they said Ruben could replace Jose at SS???  I was vocal about how they came to that conclusion and what he had done to show that in the minors.  Then they went and let Jose go, now all of a sudden SS is major concern.  They better go and get quality like Didi Grigorious from Arizona or I'm not interested in slap happy error prone Ruben.

Shawn M. Milburn
Shawn M. Milburn

And I won't invest in the team if that guy is their SS, unacceptable

rustystaub
rustystaub

I just looked at Tejada's minor league stats, besides one year at Binghamton, it shoes back up promise at most....

nym68
nym68

Ok so seriously.... is today April Fool's Day or is there rampant drug use going on by the people in the comments section? Tejada, Ike, Duda,  Murphy, and Flores have all received hall of fame worthy praise today from the same people trying to trade them away for actual talent. Do I need to narc on you guys?

Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

Tejada still hasn't filed his grievance against the Mets ... yet

supert
supert

Well the team's payroll will allegedly be going down for the 4th straight year, but no money problems here. LOL.

neugie24
neugie24

How would you feel about Ike, Montero, Tejada and another minor leaguer to Cubs for Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo?

Francesco Monastra
Francesco Monastra

Tejada not a bad option

280+ hitter, average defense at SS, probally is in the best shape he ever been 

i think he could be a perfect 2 hitter

Ricky Tan
Ricky Tan

Where is the post mentioning that Sandy said our payroll this year will be less than last year? Why isn't that at the top of the page?


Ah, who am I kidding...

supert
supert

According to Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger, Sandy Alderson said today that he is now working with an $85 million payroll figure.


Which would be less than last year's payroll.

dave27a
dave27a

If he trades anyone and doesn't get a SS back....honestly I can't even finish this statement.

nym68
nym68

It doesn't mean options are thin at SS. It means options are thin due to the purse strings being pulled tighter than a......aww never mind. This "update", if you can call it that, is  Unbelievable!!!. There are trades that could be made if the Mets weren't operating on such a tight budget. Tampa, Cleveland, and Arizona all have shortstops to trade. For the right deal you can add the Cubs and possibly Texas to that list too. But hey let's not let the facts get in the way of a good spin job

PS- Contributor Boy... that's how you add information to an article

rustystaub
rustystaub

Escobar career not only solid but durable, maybe TB will tender him but not $14M next winter. 


Let us make a deal and insist on an signed extension beyond 2014 before we deal?


Flores may have to be included so he can be controlled.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

Check out Didi's numbers in the Minors (271/324/381). And majors (255/330/369) for that matter.  His claim to fame is a hot first month in the Majors.  He's not any better than Tejada.  I don't want Tejada, but I don't want to spend valuable trade chips on another team's Tejada.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

I think if they upgraded CF and 1B you could live with Tejada at SS, but what's been done so far is not enough.

Mark
Mark

@rustystaub Exactly, I don't know why Collins and this front office were so adamant about how he could replace Jose.  They were hoping hard so they could add justification to not even entertaining the thought of keeping the most electrifying MET ever.  Bunch of losers.

niesesnose
niesesnose

@nym68 I remember how much people hated Murphy a year or two ago. Now everyone doesn't wanna TRAID him

pepper
pepper

@supert Yes. We get the crumbs from the Yankee Banquet Table and met fans are happy. What a jest.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

Allegedly according to who?  Winter Meetings don't start till tmrw and Spring Training's a while yet.  Give Sandy a chance to make some more moves.  

nym68
nym68

@neugie24 I'd feel in danger of my life because Cubs fans by the thousands would be trying to kill me for even proposing such a ludicrous deal. Why not make Bryant a player to be named later while you're at it?

niesesnose
niesesnose

@neugie24 There is literally a better chance of Kate Upton knocking on my door and allowing me to do whatever I want to her for a full night. The Cubs would never do it. A young power hitting 1B and talented SS for an at-best project in Ike Davis, a 3 or 4 starter in Montero and Tejada

supert
supert

@neugie24  *I* would feel great about it.  Theo Epstein (Cubs GM) not so much!

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

I don't think we can have Ike/Duda, Tejada and Legares all in our starting lineup and call this a successful off-season.  I'm ecstatic with having only 1 in the lineup, understanding with 2 in the lineup, but at least one of those position needs a serious upgrade.  A lead-off type would be my first priority.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

Where did he say that?  I'm not trying to call you out, just interested.


Mark
Mark

@supert no such report as being true.  Your speculating and lying.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

Money has nothing to do with the Mets ability to acquire Yunel Escobar, Asdrubal Cabrera, Didi Gregorious, Chris Owings, Javier Baez or Jurickson Profar.  Only Elvis Andrus has a contract that might concern. And that contract would concern any team in baseball.  For most of those SS, the Mets real problem would be their absolutely correct desire to not trade Wheeler or Thor.

rustystaub
rustystaub

@nym68 if the right player at the right price, money not the issue...


Available talent is...


Supply and demand...

Mark
Mark

@Joshua Shapiro NO not at all, enough with this kid.  He's a utility middle infielder.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@Joshua Shapiro I can understand the waiting part.  I never thought it was possible in NY, but this is a rebuild...and they take time.  Realistically 3-5 years.  But here we are 3 years in, and still nothing to show for it.  Not even hope, which from a fan point of view should be part of it.  Then between the FO and the NY media this off season was boasted as THE off-season to return to being competitive.  Even though you had to look no farther than their debt to MLB see otherwise.  Now the remarks are looking towards next off-season.

I am sorry, the longer this is prolonged...the more and more negative the Mets fans will become.  (Which is the reason why I have always believed a rebuild here in NY would never work.)  Mets fans, nor Yankee fans for that matter, could never have enough patience to wait out a true rebuild.  This is the opportunity for Mets fans to dispel that...and it's not looking good.

neugie24
neugie24

So you would or would not make that deal?

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

I'm generally with you on this.  I've had enough of Tejada.  But reality being what it is, we can't upgrade at SS, CF and 1B.  Also any deal is likely to downgrade our 2B.  So while I'd love to see a new SS, I'd be okay with Tejada returning if we upgraded elsewhere and he could bat 8th.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

We we're like the only team he destroyed last year.  If we're gonna do that, we may as well hang on to Ike.  


I'm not in favor of either.

neugie24
neugie24

I know but I like Rizzo a lot. He wrecked us by himself this yearl. Would you add D'Arnaud if Theo asked for him?