I talked to him today about trying to relax a little bit. Quit worrying about things. I said, ‘Listen, you’re the shortstop here. Your name and your number are going to be in the lineup. You’ve just got to go be the player we know you can be and you quit worrying about trying to impress everybody. We’ve seen it in the past and two years ago, you were the talk of the town. You had a bad year. Big deal. Forget it. It’s over. Everybody has a [bad] year. Guys that are in the Hall of Fame have had [bad] years. So move on.
This seems like nothing more than an attempt by Collins to motivate a player who is in a bad place both mentally and physically.
At the moment, the Mets currently have no other viable options in camp. Tejada is the shortstop by default – making it easy for Collins to offer what amounts to a hollow vote of confidence.
According to multiple reports, the Mets are actively scouting Nick Franklin of Seattle, have interest in both Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings of Arizona, and are still a potential landing spot for free agent Stephen Drew.
Earlier Thursday, both Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted that they believe the Mets’ opening day shortstop isn’t currently on the team.
The Mets are obviously in search of a replacement for Ruben Tejada, and nothing Terry Collins says to him will have any impact on who the Mets pursue and/or ultimately acquire.