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Ruben Tejada could file a grievance against the Mets over service time

Nov 17, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets over a service time issue. As Passan notes, Tejada was the team’s final call-up in September, earning the promotion on the 10th. They handed out three promotions on the 1st of the month, one on the 7th, and four on the 9th.

As a result, Tejada is one day of service time short of three full years, which would allow him to reach free agency after the 2016 season. Now, however, he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2017 season, but he is hoping to change that with the grievance.

More on the process from Passan:

Should Tejada follow through with a grievance, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz – currently overseeing the Alex Rodriguez case – would decide whether the Mets were within their rights to leave Tejada with two years, 171 days of service time. A full season of service time is considered 172 days.


Should the case go to grievance and Tejada be awarded the extra day, the beneficiary would be Seattle Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush, who would jump into the top 22 percent of players with two-plus years of service time and reach arbitration as a Super 2. With his current service time, Tejada would be a Super 2.

Despite alleged tinkering with service time, the Mets are actively looking for an upgrade over Tejada. In 227 trips to the plate as a Major Leaguer, Tejada mustered a paltry .519 OPS. The Mets “secretly” met with free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta at the GM meetings in Orlando, Florida.

  1. chill1184 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Last time I checked, baseball is still a business. “Under team control” isn’t just a saying its exactly what it is. The team dictates where you go and especially with the slash line of .202/.259/.260 one really has no place to complain.

  2. perryt200 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    One day is a dick move

    • thebadguyswon - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      They all do it – don’t kid yourself.

    • jeffbbf - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Or…the Mets could have just passed on him and sent him home instead of bringing him up to play with them for the last 3 weeks. What do you think Tejada would have preferred? Seems like the Mets were willing to give the guy a little more MLB exposure, but not at the cost of losing him a year early. A rule is a rule.

  3. dan1111 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    It stinks for Tejeda, but this is the logical outcome of the service time rules. Teams are always going to work to maximise their advantage.

    Ideally there would be nothing to prevent players from called up as soon as they are ready, but it is hard to imagine a workable system that would allow that while handling service time in a logical way.

  4. jfmets5 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Tejada would have met the maximum amount of days if he didn’t break his leg in September…I don’t believe he will win the grievance if he files

    • dan1111 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Being on the DL also counts toward service time, so I don’t think that makes a difference–unless there is some subtlety of this situation that I am missing.

      As for the grievance, I don’t see him winning that either. Teams routinely make decisions with the intent of managing players’ service time. I have never heard anyone claim that this violates the collective bargaining agreement.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    He should file a grievance against his bat manufacturer – with that slash-line they’re obviously full of holes.

  6. uwsptke - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I don’t think a grievance was ever filed, but when J.J. Hardy was a pending free agent (and stinking up the joint), the Brewers sent him back to the minors and brought up Alcides Escobar. They left him down there long enough to ensure that he would not reach free agency that year, and ended up shipping him off to the Twins for Carlos Gomez in the offseason in a “change of scenery” deal. Both players ended up turning it around (unfortunately for the Twins it wasn’t until they shipped Hardy off to Baltimore).

  7. finsupbtchs - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    As a Mets fan I say cut him. This is exactly the type of player you don’t want.

  8. nymets05 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I agree that he should be cut.He is an attitude problem with no baseball IQ.At his best,he would be line drive singles/doubles hitter,however last year he continually swung under the ball resulting in weak fly balls.

    In addition,his fielding and mental play in the field dropped off precipitously last season.He also gained weight in all the wrong places;just not great physical or mental habits for a young player to develop.Good riddance!!!

  9. thebadguyswon - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Screw Ruben Tejada. He sucks anyway.

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