Mets Still Unsettled At Shortstop; Not Thrilled With Ruben Tejada

It’s not hard to figure out the New York Mets aren’t thrilled with the prospect of entering the season with Ruben Tejada as their shortstop. Despite off-season assertions from GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins they would be happy with Tejada, there are events to the contrary.

TEJADA: Still under fire.

TEJADA: Still under fire.

Despite praise for Tejada’s participation in an off-season fitness camp in Michigan, there have been reports he’s not exactly buff. This can’t please Collins, who has already called out Tejada on his work ethic.

Perhaps, the most damning stories have been the reports from outside camp, beginning with the incessant drum beating to sign Stephen Drew coupled with Alderson’s reluctance to draw the line on the subject.

Either the Mets want Drew or they don’t. “Most unlikely [we will sign him],’’ as Alderson says, leaves open the door. That’s definitely not good news for Tejada and leaves the impression the Mets don’t know what they are doing.

For those scoring at home, Alderson entered the off-season with upgrading shortstop and first base as priorities and did neither. Funny, in the first week of full-squad workouts both are in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Next are reports the Mets are interested in Seattle’s Nick Franklin, which tells us Drew’s asking price remains high, and it goes beyond the compensatory draft pick as an obstacle.

Just as they were with Ike Davis, the Mets’ ambivalence in addressing possible Tejada replacements indicate there’s little desire to keep him if there’s an affordable alternative.

As for Drew, his agent Scott Boras, has him working out in a facility he set up outside of Miami. The sticking point is the compensatory draft pick and there have been reports Drew could stay out until after the June amateur draft when that condition is removed.

Hopefully, the Mets will have a shortstop they are happy with by then.

ON DECK:  Have to like what Buck Showalter did.

 

7 thoughts on “Mets Still Unsettled At Shortstop; Not Thrilled With Ruben Tejada

  1. I’M LEANING TOWARDS FRANKLIN…THE COST?..MAYBE GEE…SEATTLE IS IN NEAD F DEPENDABLE STARTING PITCHING…FOE ME DREW IS A ONE YEAR STOP GAP..FRANKLIN PROVIDES SOMETHING STABLE FOR A FEW YEARS WITHOUT THE COST OF DOLLARS OR A DRAFT PICK

    • pal88: Of the two, I’d also go with Franklin as I see Drew also as a stop gap. With who the Mets have coming up from the minors, Gee might be a possibility.-JD

      • Is Franklin worth Gee? Our only 200 inning pitcher? Our most consistent pitcher?

        I will agree after looking him up he is intriging but is he a short stop or a rental?

        • Dave: That’s a gamble they’ll have to consider. If not Gee, perhaps Mejia. I don’t know how good Franklin can be, but the Mariners won’t be shy in their demands. If the Mets trade either it will be a sign of their confidence in Syndergaard and Montero.-JD

          • I get the feeling they are not sold on Montero. I think he can be a good pitcher. It starts with control which he has. They say he is not big enough. How big was Seaver?

  2. DAMNIT, GET DREW ALREADY, SANDY!!!!!!!!…………….I CAN’T TAKE THIS SHIT ANYMORE!!!!…………….AARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!