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Ruben Tejada would be considered more of a part-time player, getting time at both middle infield positions, in the event the Mets acquire a potential starting shortstop, Sandy Alderson acknowledged while talking to reporters on Monday in Orlando.

Yesterday, Alderson said Tejada could still end up the team's primary shortstop, depending on how the rest of the off season plays out.

“He’s going to have to play good defense and get on base," Alderson said Sunday about Tejada. "He doesn’t have the power potential that you’d like to see in players, so he’s going to have to do those things well that he has the capacity to do. That’s what we saw in him a couple of years ago. That’s not what we’ve seen over the last year or so.”

Tejada is fascinating and controversial. I've gone back and forth on Tejada a million times since he joined the Mets. I went from thinking he was a smart, defensive-minded, middle-infield utility guy, to thinking he's every-day shortstop, back to thinking he's a utility player, to questioning whether he should even be on a roster, and back to thinking he can be a utility guy. I get the feeling I'm not alone, after reading some of these quotes from Alderson. I bet Tejada and his agents are watching the Hot Stove closely these days...

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