Ruben Tejada is still the starting shortstop

Ruben Tejada is hitting .195 with a .267 OBP and three RBI in 45 plate appearances this season.

He ranks last in WAR among qualifying shortstops in the National League.


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Omar Quintanilla started at shortstop on Tuesday. In his 12 plate appearance, Quintanilla had four hits, including a double, with two RBI and a run scored.

However, before the game, Terry Collins said Tejada is still his primary shortstop.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It’s my understanding that Tejada will get at least April to keep the job. However, after that, I think anything is possible. I would not be surprised to see Wilmer Flores get promoted from Triple-A. Stephen Drew is likely to still be a free agent, so he’ll always be a possibility. There will continue to be opportunities in the trade market. I’m sure the team had someone look in to Arizona’s young shortstops while in town playing the D-Backs. The point is, outside options will become more realistic as the summer moves on, which is good because Sandy Alderson’s shortstop problem doesn’t appear to be going away…




82 comments
Geoff Beers
Geoff Beers

Remember when we had one of the best, most dynamic shortstops in the game?  Good times...


Frank Duchon
Frank Duchon

Why can't we trade 1 of our surplus of young starters for example Montero, Degrom for Diamondback's Franklin or any other teams prospect SS it makes no sense playing Tejada. Anyone has to be better!!

11gilkey
11gilkey

All you have to do is look at that list of SS's.  Without looking at stats, and just going by the eye test, I would honestly take anyone of those SS's over Ruben Tejada.  

Joseph
Joseph

They should just sign Drew at least he's a decent SS.

knowledge9
knowledge9

The truth is IMO Ruben is second baseman.. not only that he hasn't looked in the same shape as then

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

Shame on you Matt for putting stats up with such small sample sizes. Where was the Rueben is hitting like it was 2012 post a week ago when he was at .286/.400/.333... 


Sure a 2-20 skid this early in the year will make any hitter look like crap. 


If this is how we should judge stats then I'm afraid David Wright has become a mediocre 3rd baseman/baseball player. He's at a .1 WAR, currently 8th in the NL and 15th in baseball.


I guess Miguel Cabrera's reign of Triple Crown contention is done, considering he's at -.2 WAR

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

summer moves on?  You mean July?


Diamondbacks' pitching sucks. Who knows if it is long term. But, really, swoop in and get one of theirs shortstops. Nick Franklin might be better but the deal here should be.


Tejeda is a back-up or someone for a team with more offense elsewhere. Guy can be a useful piece on some team, probably. Not best for the Mets' situation.

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

Heck no. He's awful. Listen if he was Rey Ordoñez defensively and offensively its fine. I can deal with a crappy hitting SS if he can field better than average to great but he's below to just below average defensively and can't hit. So of the two I'd rather have the hitter who can make the average play in Flores than the guy who can't do either.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

we are 7-7 with the worst shortstop in baseball and Grandy not hitting.  Imagine if Grandy hits and we had a middle of the road shortstop.  So theres some hope for this season, just gotta tie up some loose ends.  New shortstop,  replace rice and lannon with degrom and a lefty, get our outfielders healthy and I can see at least a 500 ball club maybe better.

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

I would do a trade of de Groom and den Decker for Di DI 

dannym28
dannym28

Eric Young Jr., lf 
Daniel Murphy, 2b 
David Wright, 3b 
Ike Davis, 1b 
Andrew Brown, rf 
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf 
Anthony Recker, c 
Ruben Tejada, ss 
Dillon Gee, rhp 

todays lineup

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

"Terry Collins said Tejada is still his primary shortstop."

Translation: Looks like Q is gonna get a lot of playing time.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

The most frustrating part about tejada is when its 3-2, 2 outs, and he looks at strike 3.. You have the pitcher up next dude, what are you doing?  How can you be that incompetent at the easiest situational hitting of all time

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Please can I witness Alderson pull a trade for a all-star player this summer. Troy seems to be the best fit.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

I think I would take every shortstop in the league over Tejada.

Steven Avellaneda
Steven Avellaneda

hey dont forget this organization has willie tovar who is doing well as well as flores so their is still hope in the organization.

Ricky Tan
Ricky Tan

In other news, Nick Franklin was called up to play the OF today.

Steve
Steve

He can't even lay down a bunt in a proper situation (see the Sat game vs. Cincy, before Ike's GS).  When you are a no-hit, okay-glove SS and you can't even handle basic fundamentals like laying down a bunt, it's time to go.  He subtracts value from his position and the team.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

I said it the entire offseason, and I'll say it again.. Tejada does not own a single tool, his tool box is empty...  You can't just expect him to magically gain speed or hit the ball with more authority.. He is a good backup infielder, and because of ownership being cheap we have to go through this test period.. sign drew, enough already

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

who votes yes to these things ?? lol 

Bob D
Bob D

@Joe Paulson  Nick Franklin isn't better than any of the DBacks shortstops

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Victor Triguero The post here is about SS. Putting aside Drew, who still has no job, the options there are not expensive. Won't cost money to get Franklin or one of the Diamondbacks. It is a matter of what they are asking for. 


I don't know how many who would be in the minors. Duda? Looks to be an everyday guy, though maybe a DH. Murphy? Wright? D'arnaud? OF, Lagares and company would be starters. EY would be a back-up but there are injuries. Chris Young? Maybe on the cusp, but close call.  


Many teams don't have great options if three of their starting outfielders aren't playing, even two. Young is a decent fill-in there. Yes, they need some more middle infield depth. Nothing wrong with Recker as a back-up catcher & they have a young guy in the wings. They have starter depth. They need a bit more reliever depth. It is about money. They should spend a bit more money. Still, there weren't that many great options. 

Even this point only applies to a handful of players that they could have gotten. Not too many people out there in the offseason really. Though they still should have done more -- two moves, let's say.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

@Steven Glansberg I remember in the 80's when it came out that the San Francisco 49ers were I.Q. testing all of their players. They only wanted smart guys.

If feel like the Mets habitually have a group of guys with the lowest baseball I.Q.s on Earth. 

Even the very few talented guys never seem that bright. Jose Reyes comes to mind as the most talented, lowest baseball IQ guy. At least he could play. When you're stupid and a scrub, that's bad. But hey, don't worry we have a place for you in Queens.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

@Nicholas Vargas The only way you'll witness Alderson trade an all-star player this year is if somebody is willing to take on Wright's salary.

Oh wait, did you mean he would bring one ONTO the team? Never mind.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@metsjetsdu  look at the wording of the question....Do i think he is Capable? Yes, it is humanly possible and IF he could do it once, he COULD do it again. DO i think he will, not a chance 

Bob D
Bob D

@Victor Triguero @dannym28  Ike probably has good numbers against this pitcher... or they want him for defense for a chance to sweep the series. After Duda hit 2 home runs, what happened? Oh that's right he took an 0 for. So he went 4 for 5, what is expected? An 0 for. Smart move by Terry. 

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Steven Avellaneda  

Yeah I don't know if Torvar is "Better" he is a better fielder. But he could hit .100. He's a career .258/.320/.335 hitting minor league player. 

Steven Avellaneda
Steven Avellaneda

@Mark Kelly @Steven Avellaneda@Mike Dell Italia   True. i agree. but i consider their minor leaguer wilfredo tovar better than tejada. as far as reyes is in the past now time to move on. good memories.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Steven Avellaneda @Mark Kelly@Mike Dell ItaliaSucks that Tejada didn't pan out to be a consistent performer, well post 2011, and 2012. 


But it was still the right move. I'm sorry I'm not a fan of committing 22 million dollar to a player to play 3/4ths of a season, and only put up a slightly above average Seasons (because of the injury) from 2009-2013, other than that last year with the mets.


Sucks injuries happen to players with such immense talent like Jose. He could have set all sorts of records for XBH's doubles, triples, competed in SB's. and probably could have made a run at 3000 hits if he paced as he had form 2005-2009

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Steven Avellaneda @Mike Dell Italia 

Too long a contract for a guy who had a history of leg injures and pretty much relies on Speed. Since leaving the mets he has played in 254 of 338 games (75%) of the games. And prior to that the 3 last years he was on the mets he played in 295 of 486 (61% ) of those games.


But the mets should have signed him to a 6 year contract with a 7th year team option like Miami did... Not offer him 4 because there was risk he wouldn't play in 25-40% of the games.