May 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) fields a ground ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (not pictured) to start a double play during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Chicago won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Avoid Arbitration With Ruben Tejada

According to numerous reports, the Mets have avoided arbitration with shortstop Ruben Tejada, settling on a one year contract worth $1.1 million dollars.

Tejada, 24, was dreadful for the Mets in 2013 after putting together solid campaigns in both 2011 and 2012.  In 227 plate appearances with the Mets, Tejada had a triple slash of .202/.259/.260.  He also struggled badly in the field, and was eventually demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tejada returned to the majors in September, but broke his leg shortly afterwards, which ended an extremely disappointing campaign.

Thoughts:

As things currently stand, Ruben Tejada will be the starting shortstop on opening day at Citi Field.

After the season ended, the Mets noted that upgrading shortstop was a top priority.  However, Jhonny Peralta, who was their top target, got far more dollars and years than anyone thought he would.

Additionally, the Mets have been unable to find a trade partner as an avenue to import a new shortstop.

It’s still entirely possible that the Mets wind up with Stephen Drew, who is still on the free agent market.  In the event the Mets land Drew, Tejada would likely be used as his backup.

Drew, who turns 31 in March, apparently only has two suitors at the moment – the Mets and the Red Sox.  Scott Boras has been whispering that Drew is willing to play a position besides shortstop, so that may have an impact on his market.

If the Mets wind up going with Tejada, Rising Apple’s Dan Haefeil says it won’t be the worst thing.

 

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