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Tejada is team’s top option, Alderson disappointed in comments

Mets SS Ruben Tejada is still the team’s top option at shortstop, Sandy Alderson told reporters in St. Lucie on Wednesday (Vorkunov, Feb. 26).


He also said it reflects poorly on the team that Tejada was criticized anonymously in the press (Carig, Feb. 26).

Tejada was one of several players that attended an off-season health and fitness camp.

However, a team source recently said, “He looks pretty much the same,” according to the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan (NY Post, Feb. 25).

According to multiple reports last Spring, Tejada arrived to camp out of shape, which was followed by a below-average season and injury.


“We’re always looking to improve,” Sandy Alderson said in January (NY Post, Jan. 24), regarding his roster. However, he added, “We will be happy going into spring training with Ruben penciled in as being our starting shortstop.”

That said, the Mets continue to be connected in rumors to Mariners SS Nick Franklin and free-agent SS Stephen Drew.




31 comments
Paul Kersey
Paul Kersey

This SS issue has more overdone drama than an episode of As The World Turns. This is getting tiresome

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

What?  Alderson is upset that someone from this kingdom spoke the truth out of turn.  Come on now!  Did you really think that two trips to a "nutrition and conditioning camp" was going to really help a guy with the work ethic of Tejada?  To borrow a political reference: Sending Tejada to that camp is like putting lipstick on a pig.  He's still Tejada.  Most teams would have given up on him last year.

benmoz
benmoz

Hear me out for a second:

We already know what we have in Tejada. Best case scenario he hits for a decent average with no power, his defense is solid but not close to overcompensating for his offense the way for example Lagares' defense does. (For the record I also think Lagares has more offensive potential).

Now we know we aren't contending for a championship this year. And to be fair putting Tejada at short and in the lineup is a risk and evaluation proposition that would be the same as if we put Flores there. Except we have never seen what Flores can do with a full season of at bats. (I'll give you a hint it's better than Tejada). And yes I know his defense was somewhat suspect the last time he played short but if Murphy is any example he will grow into the position.

This is the last year to try out guys at different positions to see what we have and Flores is the right bet at shortstop. Worst case scenario you bring Tejada back to start if it goes horribly wrong.

Albert Dispinseri
Albert Dispinseri

BRAKING NEWS: rubin tejeda broken leg is out for the season.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

spend the money if you must on Ervin Santana not Drew. 

dooley
dooley

Dear Mr. Cerrone,

There are many synonyms for "that said," including (but not limited to): nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, even so, however, notwithstanding, still, yet, and withal.

Yours Truly,

The Planet Earth

hashburry
hashburry

Does Aldesron even know who works for him?  Find out  who made the anonymous comment and make an example of them.  I said this yesterday in response to Cerrone's idiotic take that this would somehow help in negotiations with Drew and Boras…ripping Tejada's fitness and mobility out Drew in the driver's seat.

Michael Sokolowski
Michael Sokolowski

Does anyone else think that it is a little ridiculous that The Post can run a story saying that the Mets brass is "frustrated" with Tejada when the only quote to base this notion off of is from an anonymous "source" who says that Tejada "looks the same."

The dude looks the same, so what if he does. That does not give someone basis to twist those words into "frustration." What do I know, maybe they are upset with his physical progress, but even still, it just seems to me that this is a very loose basis in which to write this article, no? 

rico
rico

Alderson doing spin control does not want to be perceived as desperate by Drew, Boras the Mariners. It has to look like he has good options and I think he does. 


I can't wait for them to start playing games and start the season for that matter. I'll bet Tejada hits 275 and does a fine job at SS, shuts everybody up.  Reuben had a suburb rookie season and then it went haywire last year…so why label a 1.25 year player a tomato can?



adam
adam

This is getting old. We get it. Drew is too expensive and Sandy doesn't like Tejada. I wish we had an all-star shortstop and true leadoff hitter. Oh my bad we did, and we let him go for nothing!!!!! Drew isn't that good, neither is Tejada. Honus Wagner could be at SS this year and it wouldn't matter. Our first baseman stinks(both of them), we have 1 good outfielder, I think, our bullpen stinks, and we have a GM who likes to keep our most talented players in the Minors. 

mets2891
mets2891

The Mets top option is playing in Toronto.

mets2891
mets2891

No Sandy, it reflects poorly on the team that Ruben Tejada is the Mets top option at SS.

Dan Basile
Dan Basile

Let's get one thing straight: NO ONE, except Ruben, is happy he is penciled in at starting SS. You don't come out of the gate in November, say SS is one of our biggest holes, and do absolutely nothing.

I understand the negotiating tactics, but no one is buying it.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Why can't SA just shut up already? Why say anything? If he's asked about anybody not on the team (either F/A or trades) just say no comment or we don't want to comment on anyone but our team or something. Absolutely no good can come out of him saying anything at all. And enough with the smartass comments. The line about Cruz. Everyone in baseball knows that so just shut up. There's no need to come out and publicly say things like that. Nothing good comes from it. Just too much talking sometimes.And I don't want Cruz but it just comes across as wrong to me. 

nymess
nymess

Ugh. I really, really hope they give Flores serious consideration, and isn't something they just said in passing. 

mingo
mingo

I have to think the person who said this is in hot water. Especially if Sandy is trying to improve the team's positioning for Stephen Drew. Saying this only creates more of a "need" for Drew- not the position the Mets want to appear to be.

orangeblue
orangeblue

he is the teams top option, only because he is the only one in a mets uniform.. that said, if drew or franklin are acquired by the mets, then either drew or franklin will be the teams top option at SS

willymayshays
willymayshays

Getting Sandy to admit to anything is like pulling teeth! 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@benmoz  

I agree when comparing Lagares and Tejada in a bubble.  BUT now compare them to the avg player at their position.  With the exception of like 5 SS's it is a position of little to no offense.  batting 287 with an OBA of around 330 is actually good.   This is why a guy who bats around 250 and hits @ 10 Hr's is asking for 10 million a yr!

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

It is unethical and I believe illegal to name a source who wishes to remain anonymous.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@rico We have very different definitions of the word "superb." Tejada's 2012 season was what I'd describe as "not bad." But how can .289 w/ 1 HR 25 RBIs 4 SB (w/ 4 CS) and a .333 OBP be "superb"?

jamets
jamets

@nymess I'd be willing to bet Flores never gets into a game at SS.  I think its all talk.  The guy is supposed to be trying to learn 2B - he should be getting as much time there as possible and not playing other positions where everyone already knows he can't play.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Anyone that understands the financial aspects understands this statement.Drew is a logical fit at SS but is not an option due to the $ he is asking for.Its not really that hard to understand.

smanj
smanj

@mingo I dunno, this is the same organization who's CEO called their best player "A very good player. Not a superstar.", the same organization that openly questioned injuries to Beltran and Santana, the same organization who's relationship with their all time greats (Seaver, Piazza) is frosty at best...this is par for the course

mingo
mingo

@PL Worthington III

Yes.

Sandy wants Tejada to seem like a good option. That makes the Mets less desperate for Drew. The desperation is what Drew is counting on to get more money.

jamets
jamets

@nymetsrule Definitely NOT illegal.  And the idea that sports writers have ethics is pretty funny.

Michael Sokolowski
Michael Sokolowski

@nymetsrule Not the fact that the guy was anonymous; whatever, that's fine. The problem is that all he said was that Tejada "looked the same." There was no quote mentioning that this makes Mets officials worried and/or concerned about his work ethic of lack thereof.  

rico
rico

@Eddie_Dean @rico  any rookie who hits 285 and has a good glove in a rookie season is a pretty good start. No need to throw him under the bus.  All too easy on sports forums.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@jamets @nymetsrule"To make matters worse, if we have promised confidentiality to a source but disclose the source’s identity, we could be liable for breach of contract. In Cohen v. Cowles Media, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment does not protect the press from breach of contract lawsuits when a reporter breaches a promise of confidentiality." If a journalist promises to keep the identity anonymous, it can be illegal to name the source.