Ruben Tejada considering a grievance against the Mets

Posted: November 17, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Tejada has a very cloudy future in New York.

Tejada has a very cloudy future in New York.

Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets over service time, sources have told Yahoo Sports. Tejada is accusing the team of shortchanging him one day of service time that would have allowed him to become a free agent after the 2016 season instead of 2017. If Tejada won the grievance I have been told he will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter instead of next winter.

Teams delay players in arbitration and free agency all the time. It has become unusual when a team doesn’t do this to a player. The problem here is the Mets were way too obvious about why Tejada wasn’t up on September 1st. If Tejada filed a grievance he may win, but it would further deteriorate an already damaged relationship between Mets management and Tejada.

Tejada may not even make the team out of Spring Training next year so asking for more money may not be in his best interest right now even though he may be correct in his potential grievance. Again Tejada has not yet filed the grievance and may never do so.

A full year of service time is considered to be 172 days. Tejada has a total of two years and 171 days, just one shy for becoming arbitration eligible. The last player to file a grievance against a team over service time was the Marlins Logan Morrison a few summers ago.

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