Mets avoid arbitration with Ruben Tejada

Posted: January 16, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets have gotten their first arbitration settlement out of the way, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $1.1 million with SS Ruben Tejada. The Mets now have six more players to settle with.

Tejada was projected to earn $1 million by MLBtraderumors. Tejada, 24, is coming off a miserable year where he hit just .202 and 0 homeruns. That being said, he’s an above average defender and his poor batting average had a lot to do with bad luck.

The Mets will rely on Tejada heavily next year as he currently projects to be the starting shortstop. The Mets also don’t currently have a leadoff hitter with Eric Young Jr. slated to come off the bench so Tejada will be crucial to the Mets next year.

Ideally the team brings in Stephen Drew to play short. That would allow Tejada to be the backup for both shortstop and second base but that is not the most likely of situations to happen. Scott Boras is telling teams that Drew can play multiple positions, signaling that he really doesn’t have a market outside the Mets and Red Sox currently.

The situation is very similar to the Mets pursuit of Michael Bourn last year. Both were the best fits for each other but Bourn waited until early February before signing with the “mystery team”, the Cleveland Indians. We will have to wait and see if the same situation plays itself out.

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