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Tim Teufel is confident in Ruben Tejada

Mets infield coach Tim Teufel believes SS Ruben Tejada will be fine in 2014.

“I think he’s a talented young man,” Teufel said at MLB’s BAT dinner in New York on Tuesday. “Last year he just got off to such a slow start. And spending most of his time in Triple-A, we really didn’t get to see a whole lot of him. And then he started playing well and he got hurt. I think this is going to be a different year for Ruben. I think he’s going have one of those nice rebound years and really solidify himself as a big-league shortstop.”

Tejada could start the season as the team’s shortstop, as Sandy Alderson (DiComo, Jan. 9) and J.P. Ricciardi (WEEI, Dec. 28) said the front office is happy to go with Tejada as their primary shortstop on Opening Day.


Read More: Teufel talks Tejada, Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores (ESPN New York)

37 comments
52nites
52nites

I love the outrage for Tejada as if he is going to make that big a difference on whether the Mets get to .500. Big time hate on him and half the crap coming in on Ike is forgiveness and lets give him another chance. If Ike had at least a decent year we win 10-12 more games maybe.

chasesimms
chasesimms

We should all prepare ourselves for another 75 win season. 

JC
JC

saying you are ok with Tejada at short and also saying you expect to be competitive with a winning team is contradictory.  Anyone who says to give him a shot and lets see what he can do, must not have watched much of the mets the last few seasons.  what is his upside, like 5 hrs and 45 rbis, with no speed and average defense.  how is that acceptable for a team that wants to contend.  go get stephen drew.  I realize hes not close to an all star but its really pretty simple he is an upgrade over tejada.  tejada is rey ordonez without the defense. 

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

I still say Flores should be our shortstop for 2014. Let's at least see what the kid can do there...before Murphy made the move to 2nd everyone said the same thing about him, slow footed, a disaster in the field, it will never work out, and now he is pretty serviceable there...We have a clear hole at short and a guy with a solid bat that at the very least HAS played the position before, why not give him spring training and April/May to see if he can at least hold his own? I mean, he went to agility camp also this offseason didnt he? Let's see if it paid off :)

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

this is a clown comment.  If he says anything else he would be fired immediately.  this counts for zip and maybe not true

Hodges14
Hodges14

Amazing how the talking points on Tejada have changed since the front office completely misread the market for Peralta.

They may not be very good at assembling a major league roster but they can spin a story with the best of them.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

A 24 year old "ML shortstop" that needs to go to an agility camp. Enough said

Edmahn
Edmahn

I'd rather have Teufel playing shortstop.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

With the mets nearly signing Abreu before he went to Philly, it seems clear mets are looking for a LH hitting OF compliment/insurance on a minor league contract in case Lageras can't hit and/or to platoon with Chris Young. Perhaps a this year's version of Marlon Byrd...Grady Sizemore perhaps? I know mets were very interested before in him, its a minor league deal, doesn't hurt to look to see what he has left...I'd offer Drew a 2 year deal for 8 mil per, if he accepts great, if he doesn't move on.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Repackaged crap still tastes like crap guys.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

This post is to further infuriate the fan base, trying to make us be content with Tejada. WE ARE NOT CONTENT WITH TEJADA. Nothing anyone on this team says will change that mindset. He is a bottom tier SS and belongs on the bench as a back up

11gilkey
11gilkey

What is Teufel going to say.  That he sucks.  Stop posting this nonsense like it actually means something.  

mets2014
mets2014

mets signed duda $1.6375M

zoddie
zoddie

If he can hit like he did his rookie year or even his second year, he's good enough to be an average shortstop.  Which is fine since he's so inexpensive.  He is about average defensively and still very young.


Of course, we should still have Jose Reyes, but that would assume the Wilpons weren't broke 2 years ago.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

I say give him a shot to prove  he is worth it on a year when the mets are not supposed to do anything anyway. If this was a championship caliber team and supposed to compete for the division title, it is a different story

dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

But hes not good, cant run, meh glove, cant hit, no pop, how is he good?

mike23
mike23

Mets fans know why they are hyping up Tejada, they are cheap (enough said)

Rocco Schirripa
Rocco Schirripa

One thing I give Tejada is that he is young enough to still hit a developmental wall. But I like how the Mets as an organization give him a short leash. That is how it should be. If you play like trash, you will be discarded like trash. 

Antonino Plaud
Antonino Plaud

Many Big Leaguers, doesn't have good sophmore years, Tejada was not an exception . I am sure he will have a nice comeback year in 2014. hitting .312 with 40 doubles and 15 SB's so no sweat guys, he'll be allright.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Tell you what Tim, if you can turn Tejada into a useful regular player this organization should promote you, quadruple your pay and pretty much cater to your every need. 

Not happening.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@anthony G. Decesare I don't think they want to move on from Drew.  I think they want to show interest until he's signed with another team then say they did their best but he got more money elsewhere.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@mike23They're also insisting that they can wait for a better crop of free agent SS next year.  At that time they can say that those free agents are overpriced and not as good as the next group.

KHernandez83
KHernandez83

@Rocco Schirripa if you're tearing it up in the minors then i would have confidence in him, but how can you develop at a major league level if you can't hit the ball out the infield with the ball on a tee?

Rocco Schirripa
Rocco Schirripa

yes! We should totally spend half as billion dollars on injury prone and unproven talent in one off season. That would turn out great for us.

supert
supert

@flmetsfan @mike23 If any of next year's "crop of free agent SS" make it to the market the Mets will most likely have to surrender their first round draft pick to sign one of them, so there goes that possibility.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@flmetsfan @mike23 By the time next winter rolls around most of them will have signed extensions and not be free agents anyway.

Rocco Schirripa
Rocco Schirripa

@KHernandez83 @Rocco Schirripa Because he has done it in the past. He had one atrocious year, and I think (granted I'm not an expert) he's young enough (22) to bounce back from it no problem. Tejada will never be a big power threat, but what he does well is make contact and work the count, and even last year as bad as he was he was almost always in a 3-2 count. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Mets always invest in proven talent.  Players that have proven they don't belong in the major leagues.  

Rocco Schirripa
Rocco Schirripa

@KHernandez83 @Rocco Schirripa I'm also not trying to say Ruben should be our everyday shortstop. But I also think Drew is very overrated and given the huge crop of free agent shortstops next year we might be smart not buying too high on Drew right now.