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, ContributorEarly 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.
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