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Ruben Tejada could be the starting shortstop in 2014

SS Ruben Tejada could start the season as the team’s shortstop, Sandy Alderson said (DiComo, Jan. 9).

“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 the front office is happy to go with Tejada as their primary shortstop (WEEI, Dec. 28).

Michael Baron, Contributor

Early on, the front office made finding a new shortstop a top priority. Unfortunately, there hasn’t seemed to be as many realistic targets as the Mets envisioned there would be, and the price in free agency skyrocketed early, leaving the Mets in a difficult position.

It’s possible they could eventually sign free agent SS Stephen Drew, as his market is basically limited to only the Mets and Red Sox at the moment. Of the two, the Mets might offer the highest probability he would start over the length of any contract. If he does get a shorter-term deal, joining the Mets could provide the greatest ability to build more value for when he re-enters free agency in a year or two.


Read more: MLB.com (DiComo)




150 comments
Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

Man, this is a great update to this developing story.

pcshea
pcshea

*reaction to headline* NO! NO!! OH GOD, NO!!!

KHernandez83
KHernandez83

I just don't understand how the Yankees sign big name players each year (Yes, Cano slipped away but he was greedy). Beltran, McCann, Ellsbury, etc. The Mets always fall on the same options just go with the same squad as last year and hope for 90 wins. How can you win if you don't upgrade. Tejada is not going to upgrade his game. Chris Young is not a game changer and neither is Bartolo Colon. Granderson was smart but you need more. Wright and Granderson can't keep up the offense everyday.


Tejada is not ML ready, that's it. If he's hitting .300 in AAA then call him up. This team needs to score more runs for our pitching staff.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Can you people please stop with Tejada! He's a good utility infielder that's it. Plain and simple he doesn't have the physical tools to be a ML SS. Why do you think he's at this camp in Michigan? Those camps are all about agility training and working on explosiveness and trying to work on athleticism. He's not a good athlete. He doesn't have the tools! It's great for a Duda but a 24 year old SS? What does that tell you! 

As much as everyone likes to bash SA, guess what he knows more than any of us! He gets paid for a living to evaluate talent, do you? Does he make mistakes? Absolutely! Everyone does! But he has watched this guy for three years. He knows what he is. Everybody that knows baseball knows what Tejada is. 

He threw Tejada under the bus initially because he was convinced he was going to get a Peralta or a Drew. Should he have done it, in retrospect no. Once he didn't get a replacement now he's in damage control and doing what he has to. But the way he talked about Tejada said it all! The guy is nothing but a utility player. 

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Wow sign drew already. He's a dummy for not taking a deal w the mets aswell

tullers
tullers

Tejada's fielding & batting sucks.  At least Ike is a better than average 1st baseman.  I see no upside sticking with Tejada...sign Drew for the 2 seasons he wants and move on!

Nick Sacco
Nick Sacco

Always liked his potential .. Still young enough to turn it around... As for Ike a shorter leash I think..

maxster
maxster

Some team, players in the staring lineup and what they hit last year----- Ike .202, C Young .200, Tejada .210, Legares .228, Duda .235, d'arneau .202, Pitchers .122 and Teagarden when d'arneau gets hurt again !   We are in trouble., and Terry Collins and the hitting coach got new contracts for this!!!!!!!!!  Prediction, 68 Wins.

Rhandy Maag
Rhandy Maag

if Tejada can be anything like the player he was in 2012 i would absolutely love to have him on the squad, but if that dude from last year shows up...i will be upset. 

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

I don't believe it for a second it's a tactic to drive down drew's price. Tejada is not an everyday player, Sandy and co I'm sure are acutely aware of this seeing him play the last three yrs.

boobsmcgee
boobsmcgee

Not that there is that much news to report, but metsblog has just recycled the same 5 articles over and over and over for the last 2 1/2 months.  There's got to be SOMETHING else to blog about, right????

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

All the little window dressing they did to this team is nice.

But let's be honest, if they don't bring in a ss they have no real intention of competing this year, it's more of the same bs rhetoric we have had and I won't spend a cent at the ballpark for the first time...ever.

However, before we go down that route this can easily be GM speak. They make take it as gospel on the site here but most of us know better.

George Lamp
George Lamp

lol smitty,ck out the video below...lol

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

They should overpay Drew for 1 or two years, and trade him at deadline if team tanks for prospects. (eating full salary)


This way they could use EY or Lugares in lead off without weakening bottom of order.


Unless they have a lefty to platoon Tejada with this season, having Tejada in the order could mean less protection in the order for after the 5th spot.

maxster
maxster

Do you really think the Mets will spend next year? That's only an excuse to get out of spending this year.

Why do Met fans readily except next year talk before this year happens? I would demand they spend this year and next year. I do not want to wait. I AM SICK OF IT! Wake up folks. Spend on them, when they spend for you.

Which One's Pink
Which One's Pink

Very sorry to hear that.  Another guy who "can hit a little".  LIke as in .220.  Good grief.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

The free agent shortstops are much better next year. Why get locked into Drew mow? Its not like he's a difference maker. Plus waiting ing a year also gives our own SS prospects time to develop

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

the problem is the the Wilpons are too broke to give Drew the 2nd year, but had no problem rolling the dice and 7.5 mil on Chris Young? go figure!

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Anybody who gives these crooks a dime deserves the team they are giving us.

foley
foley

If the front office is happy with Tejada as shortstop, then they need to pass around what they are smoking to all us Mets fans and make us happy too.

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

12/6/13 "Getting a SS at these meetings is a top priority". 12/27/13 JPR says "We are happy with Rueben Tejada as our starting SS". Sounds like Jeffy Wilpawn pulled the checkbook! Drew talk just more BS just like in "14 We will spend". HA! LOWER PAYROLL Than last year, AGAIN".

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Alfo tejada can play ss and 2b vs some lefties

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

@Rhandy Maagwhat you said is exactly a good reason why we should upgrade now 50--50 are not great odds!

Hodges14
Hodges14

@cmetsfan But EY or Lagares at leadoff weakens the top of the order.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@maxster Exactly! So many holes to fill on this team and yet they wont let SA fill out a ML team, let alone a big market team. All the Wilpons want is to do spend just enough to say they spent something! But so many holes to fill and they won't. All you've heard all around baseball is how every team has more money now with new TV money yet the Mets cut payroll! It's disgusting. But until the fans stand up and stop going to the park this will continue. It's all on us

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

? They've done 30 million dollars this off season so far. What are U whining about

supert
supert

@Bryan McEntee Because the Mets need a SS now, and Stephen Drew will only cost a 3rd round draft pick and less money.  Where the shortstops next year will most likely cost a first round draft pick and more money & years (with more suitors Dodgers, Indians, Yankees, etc). 

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

They've spent 30 mil this offseason? Why are there still so many fans going to the well with this mets are broke tag line? What so u want them to be the tankees and overpay four five free agents every offseason?

supert
supert

@foley +100, and add Ike Davis at 1B.  I could live with a Davis, Duda, Satin, Flores combination at 1B IF they signed Stephen Drew.  If they don't sign Drew they have basically just replaced Harvey with Colon, and Byrd with Granderson, while adding Chris Young.  

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

@30yrmetfanbecause what they did is STILL not enough to be competitive,THAT'S why people are so upset!!

mustang66
mustang66

and 40 came off last year's payroll. Not to mention the extra 30 mil they got from TV this year. So wine wine wine

John Schod
John Schod

They also received $25m in additional tv revenue!

The management of this team has no concept for running a major market franchise!

It is truly embarrassing!!

Hodges14
Hodges14

@supert @Bryan McEntee If the Mets go with the roster they have right now they have a good chance to have a protected first round pick again next year.  The thing they don't know is who will actually be a free agent next year.  Also, the Mets obviously won't compete with the Yankees or Dodgers for players so they will be left with the scraps after the teams that want to win get what they need.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

But with a full year of TDA Niese and Wheeler plus an improved Gee

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@Hodges14@rubiconx0@Bryan McEnteeMets aren't a Wild Card contender. Adding Drew doesn't change that. It makes us better sure, but not by a whole lot. Yankees aren't moving Jeter. Dodgers get Hanley. That still leaves Cabrera, whoever else is available via trade, and our own prospects. If your complaining the Mets didn't spend enough money this offseason, the better argument is that they didn't sign Choo who would have fit perfectly on the team.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Bryan McEntee Why would you expect a full year from Niese?  What has he done to make you think he'll last a full season?