The signs of what the Mets really think about Ruben Tejada couldn’t be any more clearer if they were in neon.
With Daniel Murphy a likely DL candidate to open the season, GM Sandy Alderson said Danny Muno – who went 2-for-4 in Saturday’s 6-4 loss to Detroit – and Matt Reynolds, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Yankees, are contenders to start the season at second base.
So, where does this leave Tejada?
“We’ll wait to see what the prognosis is on Murphy in a few days,’’ was how manager Terry Collins addressed the issue with reporters today.
If neither Alderson nor Collins believe Tejada is a viable candidate to start in place of Murphy – and he’s supposed to be the primary infield backup – then what is he doing in camp?
I’m not a big Tejada fan, but believe in being fair and respectful of players, not to mention honest. If Muno or Reynolds represent a future with the Mets that doesn’t include Tejada, then release him now and move on.
Alderson repeatedly toyed with Wilmer Flores over the winter, and his treatment of him was in a word, deplorable. Now, Alderson is trumping Flores as the starter. Exactly what kind of faith does Flores have with Alderson now?
Probably as little as Tejada’s faith in him.
It stinks how the Mets handle some players. This is a business and I comprehend promises can’t just be made and the team does have to protect itself. But, that doesn’t mean they have to handle things so coldly.
Don’t they realize there are players inside the organization taking notes on how the Mets treat their own?
They either don’t know or don’t care.