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Mets and Ruben Tejada avoid arbitration on one-year deal

Jan 15, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis Reuters

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets and shortstop Ruben Tejada have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million. Unless he ramps up his production with the bat, Tejada is a likely non-tender candidate either next off-season or after the 2015 season in his second and third years of arbitration eligibility.

Due to an unattractive free agent market for shortstops, the Mets appear committed to opening up 2014 with the 24-year-old Tejada as their starting shortstop. Tejada finished 2013 with a .519 OPS, the second-lowest among all Major League hitters who came to the plate at least 200 times during the regular season. Given that he is at best an average defender and doesn’t contribute much on the bases, he is most optimistically a replacement-level shortstop.

  1. arrooo - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    He sucks. Mets are Fooked again

  2. nymets4ever - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Predicting a solid year out of Tejada.

  3. mtr75 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I was prepared to read that they had agreed to $11.25 an hour.

  4. sawxalicious - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    I think if Harvey hadn’t gone down with injury, and their outlook for next season was a bit brighter, they would have signed Stephen Drew. As they stand now, they’re not going anywhere, so Drew would be a waste of salary. The Mets are capable of occupying the basement with or without a good shortstop.

    • joshuawillman2014 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      And what happens if David Wright has an injury and will be out all of 2015? Then that will be the excuse to not make moves next year? You can play that game until doomsday. The stars will never align perfectly to make a move

  5. albanate - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that Tejada “is most optimistically a replacement-level shortstop.” It’s true that he was awful in 2013, but he was worth about 2 WAR the prior two years, in his age 21 and 22 seasons. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that Tejada can improve on these numbers, as he’s still only 24. Part of his problem last season was probably just bad luck, as his BABIP was an unusually low .228.

  6. pastabelly - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    $1.1M to back up Stephen Drew is a fair deal.

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