The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.
The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?
Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.
For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.
The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.