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(Butch Dill)

The Yankees have reassigned infielders Ruben Tejada and Donovan Solano, and catcher Wilkin Castillo to minor league camp, the team announced Monday.

The 27-year-old Tejada, who signed a minor league deal this offseason, had been on the outskirts of the race for the starting shortstop job with Didi Gregorius expected to be out until at least May...

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Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the loss of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees are showing interest in the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias and the Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed as potential replacements, NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reports.

Gregorius injured his shoulder while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and could miss all of April.

While the Yankees spoke with the Reds and Tigers about Cozart and Iglesias respectively, they said they weren't prepared to trade for either, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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LM on Yankees' options at short 00:01:54
Jon and Sal debate which young player is best suited to fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius at shortstop in 2017.

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will miss Opening Day and could be out for all of April due to a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle in his right shoulder, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Tuesday.

GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees were told Gregorius would likely miss six weeks, adding that Tyler WadePete KozmaRonald TorreyesRuben Tejada, and Starlin Castro -- but not SS prospect Gleyber Torres -- are all options to play shortstop in Gregorius' absence.

Gregorius, who had been playing for Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, had an MRI Monday, and was expected to undergo more tests on Tuesday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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Mar 9, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 9, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees scored six times in the sixth inning and held on to defeat the Braves, 8-7, Thursday afternoon at Champion Stadium.


  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases while Miguel Tejada added two hits and an RBI.
  • Brett Gardner led off the game with his first home run of the spring.
  • Prospect Tyler Wade went 2-for-3 and his hitting .471 (8-for-19) this spring.
  • Michael Pineda got the start and allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings.
  • Seven different Yankees drove in runs, led by Francisco Diaz's two RBIs.

Next Up:

The Yankees travel to Clearwater to face the Phillies at Bright House Field on Friday at 1:05 p.m. Luis Cessa will make his second start of the spring. 

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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa.

Entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-4, the Yankees got a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada, followed by an RBI ground-rule double by Rashad Crawford and run-scoring single by Tyler Wade to win, 7-6.


  • CC Sabathia made his first start of Spring Training, tossing two scorelss innings while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren allowed two runs on four hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out none in three innings. Warren, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, has a 3.38 ERA this spring.
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(Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports Images)

INF Ruben Tejada is in Yankees camp on a minor league deal, trying to win a spot on the bench.

"I'm very happy to be here, and grateful they gave me the opportunity to come here and work," Tejada said, according to Greg Auman of Newsday. "It's an opportunity to work hard to win a spot on the roster. It's a chance to be in the big leagues."

Tejada, 27, hit .167 with a .247 OBP and .242 SLG in 36 games split between the Cardinals and Giants last season.

In 2015, he hit .261 with a .338 OBP and .350 SLG in 116 games for the Mets.

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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees have signed INF Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Tejada, 27, will earn $1.35 million if he reaches the majors, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Tejada went 11-for-66 in 36 games with the Cardinals and Giants in 2016 after the Mets released him prior to the season. He had a .303/.337/.414 batting line with one home run and 21 RBIs in 43 minor league games last year.

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(Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense struggled mightily as they lost, 2-1, to the White Sox in 13 innings on Wednesday at Citi Field >> Read more



RH reliever Hansel Robles has a sprained right ankle, but manager Terry Collins doesn't believe it's serious >> Read more

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jacob deGrom gets the start when the Mets face Jarred Cosart and the Marlins at Tradition Field at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY.  

In case you missed it this weekend...

3B David Wright made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday and also played on Sunday >> Read more

RHP Noah Syndergaard will start the Mets' second game of the season against the Royals >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Erik Goeddel, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ruben Tejada, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Talk Live: Tejada 00:03:48
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses the Mets' decision to release shortstop Ruben Tejada and what this means for the team moving forward.

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Ruben Tejada has agreed to a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cardinals announced. The deal is worth $1.5 million, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. 

The Cardinals were in need of a shortstop after starting SS Jhonny Peralta suffered a thumb injury that required surgery a few weeks ago, and is not expected back until midseason.

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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Mets infielder Ruben Tejada rejected a minor-league offer from the Yankees, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

Tejada, who was released by the Mets on Wednesday after he was placed on waivers earlier in the week, is believed to have an offer from a major-league team, according to Feinsand.

The Yankees were interested in having Tejada, 26, compete for a backup infielder role, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Tejada hit .261 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 116 games last season.

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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Mets infielder Ruben Tejada rejected a minor-league offer from the Yankees, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

Tejada, who was released by the Mets on Wednesday after he was placed on waivers earlier in the week, is believed to have an offer from a major-league team, according to Feinsand.

The Yankees were interested in having Tejada, 26, compete for a backup infielder role, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Tejada hit .261 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 116 games last season.

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Mar 9, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 9, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz will both pitch for the Mets today against Jose Fernandez and the Marlins at 1 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.

DeGrom missed his last start due to back stiffness.  

In St. Lucie, David Wright is expected to be the DH in a minor league. Terry Collins recently said Wright will play in his first Grapefruit League game on Friday.

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Mets Talk Live: Tejada, Depth 00:06:15
Mets Talk Live discusses New York placing Ruben Tejada on waivers and what that could mean for the shortstop position going forward.

Mets infielder Ruben Tejada has been placed on waivers, multiple sources said on March 15.

In six seasons with the Mets, he hit .255 with a .330 OBP and .323 OPS, while playing mostly shortstop and second base.


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Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are climbing the preseason rankings of N.L. East opponents, and this week takes them to Miami. 

Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald joins the show to deliver intel on the Marlins, including the latest on Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, Don Mattingly, Barry Bonds, and the rest of the Fish. 

Later, Toby and Rob cover the turn for the Mets at shortstop, after Ruben Tejada was put on waivers, and check in on captain David Wright as he ramps up his activity in Port St. Lucie.

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New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada hits a triple against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. (Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada hits a triple against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. (Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets infielder Ruben Tejada went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in Sunday's spring training win amid uncertainty regarding his role going forward with the team.

With newly-acquired shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera uncertain for opening day with a strained patellar tendon, Tejada has been the subject of trade rumors with a deep Mets infield.

The Mets have Neil Walker as the likely starting second baseman, Wilmer Flores a likely bench player and players like Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini in the minors who are healthy, which would give the Mets flexibility to trade Tejada.

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Before Asdrubal Cabrera strained his patellar tendon, Ruben Tejada was days away from being traded or cut, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

Earlier in the week, a team official said it would be a "tough call" on keeping the young shortstop. But with Cabrera out at least a few weeks, Tejada is now the team's starting shortstop.

However, even if Cabrera starts the season on the disabled list, Tejada could still be traded because of New York's depth in the minors, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. Rubin writes:

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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

The Mets host the Yankees at Tradition Field at 1:10 p.m. ET. 

The game will air on SNY and can be heard on WOR 710 AM.

RHP Jacob deGrom starts for the Mets

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Ruben Tejada worked out at third base during camp Sunday in Port St. Lucie - Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
Ruben Tejada worked out at third base during camp Sunday in Port St. Lucie - Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta is expected to miss two to three months with torn ligaments in his left hand, leading to speculation that St. Louis could be in the market to acquire a stop-gap middle infielder.

Peralta, 33, hit .275 with a .334 OBP and 17 home runs last season, while consistently batting in the middle of the order.


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Manager Terry Collins is a former shortstop who firmly understands MLB's new rule about how middle infielders can work around second base. Initially, Collins was against the rule change, which outlaws sliding with no intent of actually touching second base. However, after meeting with Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and other league officials earlier in the week, Collins has come around.

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(Steve Mitchell)

OF Curtis Granderson left Tradition Field on Monday due to an eye issue that may be pinkeye >> Read more

INF Ruben Tejada may be in danger of being left off the Opening Day roster >> Read more

Mike Piazza joined Mets Hot Stove to talk about his time as a guest instructor at camp and more >> Watch here

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Ruben Tejada will be at Citi Field during the NLCS. (AP)
Ruben Tejada will be at Citi Field during the NLCS. (AP)

Four months after having his leg notoriously broken by Chase Utley with a slide during the NLDS, there's the possibility that infielder Ruben Tejada does not make the Mets Opening Day roster, writes Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

Tejada will likely break camp with the team, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, who says it's more likely he'll be traded than released if the Mets leave him off the roster.

The Mets four infield positions currently have starters penciled in. While Wilmer Flores appears set to serve as the team's utility infielder, a role that Tejada was initially vying for on this roster before the additions of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Neil Walker.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

RHP Jacob deGrom, who skipped his bullpen session on Monday due to a sore leg, was back on the mound on Wednesday >> Read more

3B David Wright feels a bit behind schedule but isn't concerned >> Read more

Terry Collins said the Mets need to hold Wright back a bit to keep him healthy and that reliever Addison Reed needs to take the eighth-inning job >> Read more

Tags: Addison Reed, David Wright, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Ruben Tejada
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Mets IF Ruben Tejada will be eligible for free agency after this season since the team gave him an extra day of service time as part of his recent arbitration settlement (Feb. 24).

Tejada, 26, had initially been scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Tejada hit .261 with a .338 OBP and .350 SLG last season for the Mets.

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(AP)

Matt Harvey said, though the Mets haven't approached him about it, he hasn't "shied away" from the possibility of signing an extension >> Read more

Curtis Granderson reported to Spring Training and said his surgically repaired left thumb is healed >> Read more

Ruben Tejada has not spoken with Chase Utley, and said he'd like to see a new rule to protect second basemen who are turning double plays >> Read more

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada, Travis d'Arnaud
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New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is carted off the field after a collision at second base during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USATSI)
New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is carted off the field after a collision at second base during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USATSI)

Ruben Tejada has still not heard directly from Chase Utley since his controversial slide in Game 2 of the NLDS broke Tejada's leg, according to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post.  

Tejada, 25, is hopefully that MLB's proposed rule change - otherwise known as The Utley Rule - will help better protect middle infielders.

"I'd like to see the fielder be protected,'' Tejada said. "It can be very dangerous. They have to make a little bit of an adjustment there.''

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MLB and the MLBPA are making progress on a rule change for how players can slide into second base, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

"Although the union wants to improve safety for middle infielders, it does not want to eliminate players' aggressiveness on slides or the ability to break up a double play," sources told Olney. "However, there is a desire on both sides to eliminate slides on which a baserunner goes beyond the effort to reach second to make contact with middle infielders."

In Game 2 of last year's NLDS, Dodgers 2B Chase Utley essentially tackled Ruben Tejada at second base in an effort to break up a potential double play. Utley was initially called out, but a replay review ruled him safe because Tejada never touched second base.

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New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is carted off the field after a collision at second base during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USATSI)
New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is carted off the field after a collision at second base during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USATSI)

Mets infielders Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores are no longer wearing their walking boots after sustaining leg injuries, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Tejada suffered a broken fibula in Game 2 of the NLDS when Dodgers infielder Chase Utley slid late and hard into second base to try and break up a double play. 

Tejada, 26, missed the rest of the playoffs after the injury, which prompted a suspension for Utley and MLB to discuss the neighborhood play at second base. Last season, Tejada hit .261 with three home runs and 28 RBIs. 

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(Robert Deutsch)

The Astros could have interest in free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes, who the Mets have reportedly been keeping in contact with regarding a potential short-term deal >> Read more

The Mets avoided arbitration with RHP's Matt HarveyAddison Reed, and Carlos Torres, as well as IF Ruben Tejada and LHP Josh Edgin >> Read more

RHP Zack Wheeler is continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery and is still aiming to return to the Mets in June or July >> Read more

Tags: Addison Reed, Carlos Torres, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada, Yoenis Cespedes
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Matt Harvey (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Matt Harvey (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with Matt HarveyRuben Tejada, Addison Reed, Josh EdginCarlos Torres (Jan. 15), according to multiple reports.

Meanwhile, Neil Walker and Lucas Duda will head to arbitration (Jan. 15).

Walker is reportedly seeking $11.8 million in his first season with the Mets, and his final year before being eligible for free agency. The Mets, however, will argue for $9.4 million, according to Jon Heyman. Similarly, while Lucas Duda is requesting $7.5 million, the Mets are offering $5.9 million.

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Matt Harvey reacts after getting out of the seventh inning in Game 5 of the World Series. (AP)
Matt Harvey reacts after getting out of the seventh inning in Game 5 of the World Series. (AP)

The Mets have agreed to deals with Matt Harvey and Ruben Tejada, avoiding arbitration.

Harvey will earn $4.325 million in 2016, according to Anthony DiComo (Jan. 15), while Tejada has signed for $3 million, reports Matt Ehalt (Jan. 15).

In 2015, Harvey started 29 games and posted a 2.71 ERA and 1.019 WHIP. He also posted a 3.04 ERA over four starts in the playoffs and World Series.

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 (Matt Slocum/AP)
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Addison Reed, Ruben Tejada, Carlos Torres, and Neil Walker all filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday (Jan. 12).

The Mets had tendered contracts to all of the above players (except for Walker, who was later acquired from the Pirates in exchange for Jon Niese) on Dec. 2.

If the Mets are unable to agree to contracts with any or all of the above players, their salary will be determined by an arbitrator in February.

In the case of Mejia, while he's projected to earn roughly $2.5 million this coming season, his salary will be prorated due to the suspension that will keep him out until late-July.

Tags: Addison Reed, Carlos Torres, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada, Danny Abriano

 (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
(Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Mets assistant GM John Ricco spoke with the media on Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Here's what we learned...

  • The Mets think they addressed lots of what they had to do at the Winter Meetings, and they made some headway on other potential moves.
  • The Mets have the resources to add a center fielder, bullpen piece, and starting pitcher.
  • One of the reasons they acquired IF Asdrubal Cabrera was because they're trying to build a team with flexibility and depth.
  • GM Sandy Alderson closed the Neil Walker trade.
  • The injuries to infielders Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores are expected to be non-issues once Spring Training arrives.
  • RHP Matt Bowman, who the Mets lost to the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft, was kept off the Mets' 40-man roster due to the fact that he had a down year.
  • The Mets looked into signing free-agent LHP Tony Sipp, but never engaged.

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(AP)

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Nashville and said...

  • Collins exchanged text messages with free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist to let him know how much the Mets want to sign him.
  • If the Mets sign Zobrist, Collins can envision him hitting second in the lineup.
  • There are currently no plans for the Mets to use Travis d'Arnaud or Kevin Plawecki at positions aside from catcher during Spring Training.
  • The Mets want Juan Lagares to go full throttle during Spring Training in order to strengthen his right elbow.
  • The Mets won't decide how often David Wright will play next season until they see how he feels during Spring Training.
  • Collins is concerned about the state of the Mets' shortstops right now, with both Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores returning from injuries.
Tags: David Wright, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Ruben Tejada, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores

 (Scott Kane)
(Scott Kane)

The Mets tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, including SS Ruben Tejada and RHP Jenrry Mejia >> Read more

Along with the Mets, the Nationals, Dodgers, and Giants remain possible landing spots for free agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist >> Read more

The Mets still have interest in free agent OF Dexter Fowler >> Read more

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 (AP)
(AP)

The Mets have tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, the team announced on Wednesday.

That list consists of Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia, Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Carlos Torres and Josh Edgin.

The Mets had until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to their players under team control.

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Ruben Tejada hits a sacrifice fly to score Wilmer Flores during the 18th inning. The Mets won, 3-1.  (AP)
Ruben Tejada hits a sacrifice fly to score Wilmer Flores during the 18th inning. The Mets won, 3-1. (AP)

The Mets will have 11 players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, including Ruben Tejada.

MLB Trade Rumors projects Tejada, who earned $1.8 million this past season, will earn $2.3 million through arbitration next year, after which he can become a free agent for the first time in his career (Oct. 6, 2015).

Similarly, the award-winning team at Pace Law School determined that Tejada can expect to earn slightly less, $2.5 million, would most likely exceed his value on the open market (Nov. 21, 2015).

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Oct 12, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) on the field before game three of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
Oct 12, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) on the field before game three of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Ruben Tejada, who suffered a broken leg in Game 2 of the NLDS from Chase Utley's hard slide into second base, said he thought the slide was dirty.

"Really late," Tejada said of the slide, which ended his postseason (Oct. 31).

Tejada was carted off the field after Utley slid hard and late into second base trying to break up a potential double play. He suffered a fractured right fibula, which does not require surgery, but ended his season.

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The Mets have non-tendered Eric Young Jr. ahead of Tuesday night's deadline, making Young the only one of seven arbitration-eligible Mets?to not receive a contract for next season.

Young, who hit .229 in 2014, was projected to earn roughly?$2.3 million in arbitration, according to multiple media reports.

Ruben Tejada was offered a contract, in addition to Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell, all of whom will either negotiate or have their 2015 salary determined through arbitration later this winter.

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Ruben Tejada was born October 27, 1989 and is now 22 years old, five months and eight days. If Tejada were on the 2012 Gnats Opening Day roster, he would be the second-youngest infielder, behind only Aderlin Rodriguez (11/18/1991).

The other 2012 Gnats infielders are all at least 23 years, three months and 20 days:

Brandon Brown (7/28/87), Brian Harrison (12/15/1988), Sam Honeck (6/19/87), Luis Nieves (12/15/88), and TJ Rivera (10/27/88).

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The biggest decision of the Mets' off-season, which will shape the franchise for years, clearly has to do with the shortstop position. ?This is not a post about whether the Mets can or should resign Jose Reyes, although I hope they do. ?Instead, it's about everyone else who played shortstop around the system.

I will point out that even if Reyes departs, the Mets have a reasonable replacement in Ruben Tejada. ?Just 22 on Opening Day 2012, Tejada hit a very solid .284/.360/.335 in 98 games for the Mets. ?Sure, he didn't hit for any power as his .052 isolated slugging makes plain, but his plate discipline peripherals were strong, a 9.3% walk rate and a 13.3% k/rate. ? In fact, his wRC+ was 100, precisely Major League average. ?Even more to the point, among all shortstops with over 350 plate appearances, he was 14th. He fell comfortably in a group that included Alexei Ramirez (96), Elvis Andrus (96), Hanley Ramirez (96 -suffering through his worst year as a professional), Jamey Carroll (104) and Derek Jeter (104) clustered within four percentage points of average. ?Given that Tejada is the second-youngest of the top 30 shortstops sorted by wRC+, older only than Starlin Castro, he has plenty of room for growth. ?Again, he's not Reyes, who was the best offensive shortstop in baseball in 2011 by rate, but he certainly looks like a capable Major League player.

I'm loathe to use defensive statistics over partial seasons, but Tejada, by UZR and defensive runs saved grades out as near average in the last two years.

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Good read here.

There's no question Valdespin can be the better hitter, but can he play Major League defense at short?

For kicks and giggles, compare the two players' performance at AA.

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It's been too long since I've done a mailbag around here, so lets take one from my email and one from twitter with a focus on position players.

 

Brian W writes:

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Time to get back to my review of my pre-season Top 41.

Part 4 on players ranked 21-25 is here. ?Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

 

Tags: Erik Goeddel, Mark Cohoon, Ruben Tejada, Top Prospects Series, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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Yesterday Terry Collins was on with Joe and Evan on WFAN, filling in with Mike Francesca and talked about the composition of the Buffalo Bisons.? Well, actually, the trio was talking about the Mets second base competition during Spring Training and Collins named Brad Emaus, Justin Turner, Daniel Murphy and Luis Castillo as candidates for the job.? Evan noticed that Collins didn't include Ruben Tejada on his list.

Here's the subsequent exchange:

Terry Collins: Ruben Tejada really needs a year in AAA.? And I think he really needs to play shortstop.? As we head into spring training, that's where we're looking."

Tags: Ruben Tejada, Toby Hyde
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So I've slacked really hard on my position-by-position review of the Mets farm system.? Well, that and the team went out and hired a new General Manager and reshaped the entire front office, which is kind of a big deal.? I'm using these to start lining up my thinking for my overall rankings.? I want to finish the infield with shortstops and third baseman this week and finish the series the week after.

So, today we move on to second base.? Second base was a black hole for the Mets in 2010. By Fangraphs' WAR, the team's -0.4 WAR was the second-worst in all of baseball, ahead of only the Cleveland Indians.? The Mets' keystoners combined on a .269 wOBA, making their offensive contribution dead last in all of baseball. ? Since the Mets derived so little value from secondbase in 2010, it should be the easiest place to improve in 2011.

Is Ruben Tejada, who turned 21 four days before Halloween, the solution?? In 2010, while hitting .213/.305/.282, he was certainly part of the problem.? Did you realize that he hit .296/.377/.352 against lefthanders in 61 PA and an anemic .185/.282/.259 against righthanders in 194 PA?? In 2009, his OPS was 69 points better against lefties than righties in AA and in AAA it rose to 80 points before it exploded in the big leagues.? Also, while many Mets fans had understandably tuned out in September, Tejada hit .281/.354/.439 while playing everyday for the first time.? His BABIP was a healthy .321 and while his line drive rate nearly matched his other full big league months, his flyball rate of 53.8% was his highest of any major league month, while his ground ball rate of 27% was below 39% for the first time in a MLB month.? Is this all small sample size noise, or did Tejada really make an aggressive adjustment in September that helped him hit the ball in the air more?? Are more flyballs even desirable for a hitter like Tejada?

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Reese Havens, Ruben Tejada, Toby Hyde
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Couple of more thoughts from the transactions today:

- Cutting Alex Cora was simply the right move.? At .207/.265/.278 with lousy defense, he was no longer a major league-caliber hitter, and he certainly wasn't worth $2 million.

- Optioning Feliciano doesn't matter to me.? Really.

Tags: Fernando Martinez, Ruben Tejada, Transactions, Toby Hyde
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