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The Mets aren’t happy with Ruben Tejada’s conditioning; could push them toward Drew

Feb 25, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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Ruben Tejada was supposed to have been up at some complex in Michigan this offseason getting into The Best Shape of His Life or something close to it. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports, however, that the Mets aren’t too happy with what they’re seeing:

Ruben Tejada still isn’t working out for the Mets.

Even though Tejada attended an offseason strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, Mets management has not been overwhelmed by the shortstop’s “new’’ body.

“He looks pretty much the same,’’ one source told The Post on Monday.

Kernan says Tejada looks slimmer but is moving no better than last year when he reported overweight. And he talks to a Mets insider who says that he would not be surprised if the Mets went after Stephen Drew, even if doesn’t think it’s imminent or anything.

  1. jfk69 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    2 years or 3 years for Drew should be a no brainer for the Mets. It is not like they are dealing with going over the cap. Rather waste their money on cheap promo nights.

    • bostonboresme - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Like their Marlon Byrd night from last season? lol

  2. chc4 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    My expert analysis is that if he’s in better shape than last year and still sucks then maybe he just sucks.

  3. xdj511 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Sandy… please suck it up and sign Drew already, just so we don’t have to hear about all of Ruben Tejada’s shortcomings anymore.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Also, I’d appreciate never having to read about Stephen Drew again.

      Win-win-win. Well, except for the winning games part. I kid, I kid.

  4. nymets4ever - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    This is a bogus report, first the New York Post tried slandering Davis and now Tejada. They have an agenda against the Mets, and I have no plans to be a tool for their propoganda. Screw the haters. LGM

    • Old Gator - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      I doubt if the Pestilence ever seriously considered using you as one of their propaganda tools in the first place, so relax. They’re professional slimers.

      Then again, they seem to have an agenda against just about anybody or anything if it’ll earn Dark Lord Rupert a few more pennies, and they’ve done much worse than suggest that some of their targets of opportunity were inadequately conditioned. Tejada would probably not want to trade places with Alec Baldwin.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      To be fair, those guys are guaranteed prominent roles on a HUGE market MLB team without actually playing baseball very well, relatively speaking. Throw in some abject stupidity like hiding injury and not arriving in peak physical form, and it is tough to argue with criticism of these players.

    • chc4 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      If you honestly believe it’s in the best interests of a newspaper to erroneously slander the home team then you’re delusional. The Mets are a terrible franchise right now. That’s not slander or propaganda… it’s fact. That you choose to deny facts is a you problem.

    • riggz91 - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      I’m as big a met fan as any but cmon man. Ike Davis never said his words were taken out of context or that he never said those things. Did he really think he would tell a reporter that news and that said reporter wouldnt report it?

      As for Tejada; the Mets have been killing him for a while now. Why wouldn’t a team official say this to the Post and let them run with it. Maybe smoke Drew out of his hole.

  5. arrow43050 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    You know (Scott Boras) that there (Scott Boras) are people (Scott Boras) who might (Scott Boras) have an agenda (Scott Boras) for spreading (Scott Boras) information that the Mets (Scott Boras) are not happy (Scott Boras) with Ruben Tejada (Scott Boras) in the media (Scott Boras). So it’s not impossible that someone had this ‘Mets Insider’ discuss this possibility with the media. Notice it wasn’t a ‘Member of Mets Management’ or ‘One of the Mets higher ups.’ Sandy Alderson’s secretary is also a ‘Mets Insider.’ Real stories like this only come out when SOMEONE has an agenda and I just can’t see an agenda from the Mets’ side that says they may go after Drew.

    • Old Gator - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Um – aren’t you the guy who used to do the voiceovers for the Sir Pizza radio ads?

  6. rbj1 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Michigan? I’ll give him a pass for this winter. I haven’t been to the dojo this year because it’s so freaking hard to get out of my driveway here in Toledo.

    Why are you sending a Latin player to a complex in Michigan. In winter. Don’t the Mets have a year round extended spring training complex in Florida?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      He was supposed to gain muscle by lifting the Detroit economy.

  7. 1981titan - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    They should have never let Justin Turner go. Inexpensive insurance for jusst about every position.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Except for the part where he’s a terrible baseball player.

      • markb2301 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:43 AM

        How will they ever make up his 0.5 WAR??

  8. nolasoxfan2012 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Having looked at Tejada’s numbers in the minors and the bis, I have to say I don’t understand why the Mets would waste their time with him. He’s a banjo-hitting shortstop with middling defense. What am I missing? As a non-Mets fan, it seems like signing Drew should be a total no-brainer. What gives?

    • Old Gator - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Or, what doesn’t give. The Wilpoon budget.

      But in all fairness, bear in mind, too, that a team with as much long term improving to do as the Mutts would rightly be circumspect about a signing that would cost them a high draft pick – especially if they’re working under budget constraints.

  9. sawxalicious - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Tejada is simply a below-average shortstop, offensively and defensively. I know they’re not going to the playoffs in the near future and probably don’t want to pony up the cash for a player that likely would not be part of their next competitive team, but I still think they should sign Drew. An above average defender at shortstop is a huge confidence builder for any young pitchers they might wish to develop in the near future, If the young guys have a solid defensive infield, they will learn that they don’t have to be perfect with every pitch. 3rd base is already solid with David Wright. I think if the Mets stay with Tejada, they are being penny-wise and dollar foolish.

    • clemente2 - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Don’t forget the draft pick loss if Drew is signed before May/June (forget exact date). Dollar-wise may be to wait.

  10. mlblogscentraljet - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    The Mets talk a good game but they are cheapskates. Ive been hearing for the last 3 years wait until 2014, wait until 2014. Well 2014 is here and what did the Mets do? Nothing. Wow they got Granderson, this is a laugher Chris Young. They want to get rid of Tejada but they sign Young who batted 200. They were to cheap not to get Marlon Byrd back but they got young again 200 avg. they could of signed Bronson Oroyo. But they kept Dice K. Oh I forgot the signed some journeyman reliever and Farnsworth. They have a nerve to say they are spending money but its in the no frill section while the Yankees are in the brand names.
    Stop telling the media they are upset with Tejada and get Drew. Dont argue about money when you gave Young 7.5 million who bats 200. The Wilpons need to see the team. They have the team as a conversation piece at a social event. I want to keep the team in my family. That doesnt sound like a owner who cares much about winning.

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