Saturday, December 28, 2013
Mets Rumors: No Stephen Drew, Mets Going with Ruben Tejada?
According to a interview with Mets Special Assistant J.P. Ricciardi on WEEI Thursday Night, the Mets are more likely to stay with SS Ruben Tejada instead of exploring either Stephen Drew or any other shortstop possibility out there.
“I think we are,” said Ricciardi when asked if the Mets were happy with heading into 2014 with the 24-year-old Tejada.
He’s a young player. A lot of young players who get to play at the big league level early in their career, a lot of them don’t realize how hard it is to play every day. A lot of them don’t realize what it takes to play every day. I think in Ruben’s case, he got a lot early in his career and I think he’s starting to realize that he has to work a lot harder than he has in the past, and he has.
To his credit, he really has. But as a young player, they get to the big leagues, some things happen for them and they forget how tough it is to stay there. I think he’s at that stage in his career. I think next year he’s going to be a better player than he was this previous year.”
“Sometimes there’s just supply and demand and I think right now there’s just not a lot of demand for shortstops,” the former Blue Jays general manager said. “It’s funny how it works. Sometimes there’s a lot of opportunities for free agents, but sometimes the market is a little bit of a stonewall. I think in this case there’s a lot of shortstops that are already in place.”