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Sandy Alderson expects to start 2014 with Ruben Tejada at shortstop

Dec 8, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

Mets' Ruben Tejada reacts after he was picked off second base by Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

Speaking to the media earlier today, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he expects to start the 2014 season with Ruben Tejada at shortstop, tweets Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger. The Mets were reportedly interested in Jhonny Peralta before he signed with the Cardinals. With Stephen Drew leading the class of remaining free agent shortstops, the Mets would rather run with Tejada than hand out another lengthy, expensive contract. ESPN’s Adam Rubin tweets that the only way the Mets would justify signing Drew would be if they could shed another contract.

Tejada wrapped up the 2013 season with a paltry .519 OPS in 227 plate appearances, the second-lowest mark across baseball among players who stepped to the plate at least 200 times. He was narrowly edged out by Jamey Carroll at .518.

Alderson also mentioned that, with the Curtis Granderson signing made official, the Mets aren’t likely to make any more big signings, though the team is still actively searching for a starting pitcher.

  1. President Charles Logan - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Granderson, Wright, Murphy and a bunch of ………………………..

    a bunch of…………………………..

    **insert sound of crickets**

  2. blynch67 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Yep, 1 legit Free Agent per decade, that’s the Muts way.

  3. nymets4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Good, Tejada still has a lot of promise. Baseball is a tough game and everyone’s allowed to have a lost year…not sure why Tejada has been seemingly been singled out as the exception.

    He had a great year in 2012, showing a terrific eye at the plate, slashing singles to all fields, playing a steady if not flashy shortstop. Who can forget the tremendous 12, 13, 14-pitch walks he routinely drew, even after falling behind 0-1 and even 0-2? He had a big one against Papelbon and the Phillies once, preceding Wright’s game-ending bloop single.

    • nymets4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Besides, Stephen Drew is VASTLY overrated.

    • yahmule - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      It is true his high pitch count walks will live on in the national consciousness forever. Nobody is disputing that.

      • nymets4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Not sure what you were trying to accomplish with that snarky comment, but the point is that Ruben Tejada showed quite a bit of promise in the not too distant past, and every other young player gets umpteen chances so he should be no exception..

        But I guess none of that is as fun as a quick smarta$$ soundbite.

    • jwbiii - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      In 2012, Ruben Tejada saw 3.76 pitches for plate appearance. If he had been eligible for rate stat leader boards, this would have had him tied for 41st out of 61 (the 60 qualified plus him). His 27 BBs, one per week, in 501 PAs also suggest that he wasn’t taking many 12, 13, 14 pitch walks or any other sort of walk very often. His .054 walk rate would have ranked 57th among the 61 players.

      I don’t doubt you when you say that he had some high pitch count walks, at least one of them in a dramatic situation. Evidence suggests that it was a rarity.

      Shawon Dunston once drew three walks in a game. Dave McNally once hit a grand slam in a dramatic situation (Ok, it was a blowout, but it was a World Series game). I remember those games from decades years ago. I remember them because they were exceptions rather than the rule.

  4. phillysports1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    President Charles Morgan , Juan Lagares was pretty good last year . Js

    • President Charles Logan - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:48 AM

      Get real … next thing you’ll try and tell me is Ike Davis is is an everyday good , consistent major league player….lol

    • President Charles Logan - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      Oh and btw it’s President Charles Logan not Morgan

  5. thebadguyswon - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Actually, Sandy did not say that at all.

    He said “It’s quite possible that Tejada will be our shortstop when we leave the Winter Meetings.”

    not the same as “expects”. Come on Baer.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      When we leave the Winter Meetings and March 31 aren’t the same thing.

    • paperlions - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      The story is based on the tweet he linked to, which was a “summary” of his comments.

      Come on thebadguyswon.

  6. thebadguyswon - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    It’s a misleading, garbage headline. Alderson doesn’t “expect” Tejada to be SS. Hack journalism.

    • jwbiii - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Summary of Sandy Alderson’s media briefing: Expect Ruben Tejada to be the SS, don’t expect another big signing, in market for a SP. #Mets— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) December 8, 2013

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        And nowhere was Alderson quoted as saying he expects Tejada as the shortstop. That’s because he didn’t say that. As I said, misleading headline.

  7. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I played a mean shortshop in tbal!

  8. phillysports1 - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    It’s senseless. Your name was too long I didn’t care what I wrote down , but yea lagares was good .

    • President Charles Logan - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Why are you even commenting on a Mets article? your team has enough worries as it is in Philadelphia

  9. DonRSD - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    LETS GO METS!!!

  10. eagle1inc - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Sandy A.,

    Loney, Loney, Loney.

    An affordable and reliable upgrade for 1B.

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