Mets may not be bringing back Ruben Tejada
On a day where the Mets have been rumored to show interest in Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, there’s news about one of their own shortstops, as well.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, it’s no “slam dunk” that shortstop Ruben Tejada will be tendered a contract this offseason and that the team could very well let him walk.
Earlier this week, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said the Mets would be comfortable going into the 2016 season with but Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores as the club’s shortstop tandem, noting they got to the World Series with both of these players sharing those duties.
However, Mets shortstops were 10th in the league with a 2.9 WAR, largely carried by their offense as they were 26th in the league with a -9.0 ultimate zone rating and dead last with -26 defensive runs saved.
Tejada, 26, will likely earn between $2-3 million through arbitration this winter, so it’s possible that the Mets will look to a player like Matt Reynolds to compete to take the place of Tejada, per Puma.
It’s not unreasonable, considering the Mets could probably get replacement value play at worst from Reynolds at the league minimum, which is essentially what Tejada is at upwards of $3 million. In this case, it’s clearly about value from the roster spot, and the Mets could use those dollars in other areas of need more efficiently if they non-tendered Tejada.
Since his debut in 2010, Tejada has hit .255/.330/.323 with a .653 OPS over that span playing shortstop, second base and some third base, as well.