Ruben Tejada 12 (Baron)

Mets still looking for SS, but it may be Tejada’s job

In his final talk with reporters from the Winter Meetings, Sandy Alderson said if he ends up acquiring a high-end shortstop, it’ll likely come by trade and not from the open market.

On Tuesday at Citi Field, Alderson said two or three teams are potential trade partners for a shortstop, but it’s becoming more and more likely every day that the position may go to Ruben Tejada (Rubin, Dec. 17).

We’ve improved the team at other positions,” Alderson explained. “So, giving Ruben a chance to reestablish himself as an everyday player isn’t such a bad thing.”

The Mets and D-Backs talked earlier this week, but they did not find any common ground (Rubin, Dec. 12). Arizona has shortstops Didi GregoriusChris Owings and Nick Ahmed, all of whom are top infield prospects, as well as Cliff Pennington, who is under contract through 2014.

The Rangers are willing to move SS Elvis Andrus, but only for a big return (Rosenthal, Dec. 11). Similarly, the White Sox have been listening to offers for SS Alexi Ramirez since last summer, but they’ve yet to hear the right offer (Cerrone, Dec. 12). Also, the Indians are reportedly listening to offers for SS Asdrubal Cabrera (Rosenthal, Dec. 10), but the Mets are not interested (Sherman, Dec. 10), because Cleveland is looking to acquire a top-tier pitching prospect.




94 comments
rockyjr
rockyjr

What is Tejada's ceiling? He has no speed or power. I can't even conceive what a good season for him would look like. This team needs either a lead off hitter or someone with pop at the shortstop position. What are they expecting from this guy and how can they keep putting him in the lineup year after year?

Skyking
Skyking

I'll take a NY deli over a Ruben any day.

Michael Milne
Michael Milne

S.drew is still available plus must explore and make a decent trade to upgrade, need a SS who can help offense much more than tejada can (tejada should backup SS/2b)

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

why cant the Mets package davis flores tejaeda and montero and get andrus and maybe a bullpen arm or a prospect back

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Does anyone else think this conversation was had.

Alderson: Ruben if you don't file Grievance against the organization the job is yours.

Tejada: Are you sure

Alderson: Yes Ruben, so are we good

Tejada: Yes sir, now let's go get some doughnuts.

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I don't want to see Tejada as the everyday ss this year.

hillsideav
hillsideav

There is an element of posturing and poker playing in our next segment of the off-season. I don't believe anything I hear from the FO at this point anyway, and I believe there is (now) a purpose to these statements. I don't imagine we enter 2014 with Tejada as our starting SS. That may, however, cost us a pitching prospect.  We need a lead-off hitter that can play SS, and Tejada is not that.

Scott Bruckenstein
Scott Bruckenstein

So we go into next season with Tejada,Duda or Ike, young, and an unproven D'arnaud in our lineup. Nice

hashburry
hashburry

Can he really say he has improved this team with a straight face?  Oh, Sandy.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Tejada for Hanley Ramirez, get it done!

sell
sell

We get it, metsblog. We know they aren't likely to make a significant upgrade at SS. You can stop posting about it. But you won't.

mrdickey
mrdickey

The Mets cannot go into next season with Tejada and Ike on this team. Ugh.

Jack Bhatt
Jack Bhatt

Flores cannot play shortstop. He lacks the speed and range.

gbaked
gbaked

I am gonna love it when Tejada improves and becomes a passable SS and people here start using him in crazy trades.

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

I can't give a ringing endorsement on how the team handled this...the market has dictated that the Mets suddenly like Tejada again, i.e. Drew is out of their price range. Tejada has a great glove and showed he can be a serviceable hitter...last year was just a nightmare. I'd love to upgrade the position, but at what cost? I've never been his biggest supporter, but if they can land one more big bat, Tejada may be able to work. I'd like to think all this off season trade rumoring has motivated him, but we'll have to find out. I think its very important to bring in reasonable competition. Tejada can't be handed the position for the season, he's got to earn it

mettle
mettle

Yes, Granderson is an improvement, but Chris Young will be hard pressed to duplicate what Byrd did, Colon will not be lights out like Harvey, and right now Vic Black is the closer, so no where near as good as Parnell.  How are we so improved that we don't need to upgrade shortstop?

mcreynolds
mcreynolds

ofcourse it'll still be his job!!! what else could you expect from this joke of a franchize?!!!!! Im happy we signed Colon and Granderson, but you've got to be kidding me....this is the year where we were suppossed to be a winner? we've been fed this line of s#$*^ for how many years now? could you imagine if a few years ago you knew these would be our big signings??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no shortstop, no secondbase, no first base, no closer.....wtf

Wayno
Wayno

What I'm lost on is why Sandy is so against the average trade. We don't have to fleece everyone, just get someone better than Tejada not a superstar. Ike at 1b again will be a tragedy, but Duda worst. Sign anybody to play 1b this team is closer but still need MLB players

Alex Fernandes
Alex Fernandes

Anyway I think William Florez do better there what they think he still too young which I kind of agree

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Tejada is a bum. If he and Ike are starting I will be very upset.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@Travis Walls - Why would you lump those three together?  And are they really that bad considering what they are paid?  What does Tejada have to do with Murphy who was one of the few bright spots last year?

Obviously we needed more out of Tejada, and I agree we are lacking at SS, but if he does what he did in 2012, it would be serviceable.

And again, his production has nothing to do with Murphy.

PS - yes I think we can win with Murphy.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@Travis Walls I heard the same "I won't go to a game" schpeal from a Yankee fan. They, of coarse were talking about needing a different second baseman. But, it seems to be the same point.

ezio auditore
ezio auditore

If you want a Seattle SS, you go after Brad Miller but Chris Owings should be at the top of the wish list.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@Scott Bruckenstein D'Arnaud has hit at every single level and he will hit at the major league level, I think he may have a slow start but, late may or june the kid is going to hit and put up good numbers for an actual rookie year.  

niesesnose
niesesnose

No. It's unlikely tejada is the SS

DMMP
DMMP

@hankincolo HAHA I think you are suggesting Miguel Tejada in his prime... which, we don't have that.

DMMP
DMMP

@sell Metsblog will keep posting articles like this, due to the fact there isn't much else to talk about... If metsblog did not discuss offseason rumors during the offseason, metsblog would be pretty barren of any activity.  It's a circumstance of it being the offseason. 

DMMP
DMMP

But... they were not going to re-sign him, that was made clear... MY theory on Reyes (And I'm repeating myself, so I quote.) "This dynamic young SS is not living up to his contract.  So it could be said the mets made a good move in not re-signing him... But it still would be nice to have a consistent leadoff hitter at SS right now...  I wish the mets had traded Reyes at the deadline for SOMETHING.  So I don't agree with letting him go. The way I see it, if you knew you were going to lose reyes... They really should have traded him for something substantial.  As the team never even offered reyes a contract, it was clear the intention was to let him go after the season anyways.  (Ownership and management really doesn't have a good pulse on this teams fanbase at all.)"

sell
sell

I wouldn't mind another try w Ike just bc I can't stand Duda. Tejada has got to go.

DMMP
DMMP

Flores was not very good last season playing 2B and 3B.   And they tried him for years in the minors at SS and he was supposedly not very good at all, lacking range and ability to really make plays. You really want to put Flores in a prime  defensive position at SS?  I think he could handle 1B or 2B or 3B but I'm not putting him at short.  The only reason he even works at 2B is because the guy does have an arm, but he has stone hands.  

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Tejada has no plus tools so what can he improve? He is a backup at best nothing more. And someone with his mentality isn't worth keeping.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@Ryan Flanagan I agree with you. If Owings (or similar) is just going to cost way too much, then bring in someone like Kawasaki to platoon/compete with Tejada. Possibly Aledmys Diaz could also be competition. I think if you can't make a trade (or just can't trade away as much as they're asking for) then at least making Tejada earn his spot is a wonderful idea.

sell
sell

Sandy will be the first to admit we do need a major upgrade at SS, but ultimately it's Wilpons call to spend or not spend on Drew. Either way, Sandy needs to get creative in a trade.

DMMP
DMMP

@mettle I keep saying, mets are two bats away... They need a SS that can bat leadoff (Owings is EXACTLY who we need.) And they need a power hitting first baseman.  (Would/could/Should have been abreu... but alas...)  This would make us a legit threat.

sell
sell

Colon should have been the cherry on top after redoing our team. Instead he is one of two major acquisitions. Seriously pathetic

DMMP
DMMP

@Wayne Martiak Jr I agree.  Completely.  Sandy has to win on the trade outright or he won't make it. Really seems to be his MO.  Sometimes you need to give a little more if it means you fill a need without making bigger holes for yourself.  For example, the system has a LOT of depth at SP.  We can risk losing a Montero, for example right now.  We might pay a little more to get a need such as at SS, but we can afford to do so.

Scott Bruckenstein
Scott Bruckenstein

I understand that and hope you are right, but there are so many other question marks in this lineup it's scary Lagarus too

He needs to upgrade either ss or first before the season.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@DMMP @sell - The other problem is that their analysis is not much beyond the shallow obvious stuff.

DMMP
DMMP

People need to get over Reyes. He's gone, and probably not coming back till he's at the back end of his career and in a serious decline.  (If that.)

DMMP
DMMP

@sell Sandy needs to really realize that he cannot fleece every team he trades with. We might actually have to give a little more than he would like to in order to get a trade done... But sometimes, you have to do that to fill needs.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@DMMP @sell Sandy is holding firm with the Brewers. Thornburg for Davis. What if the D'backs are doing the same with their shortstops? What if they're holding firm on Synderguard for any of them? Would you still make the trade?