Ruben Tejada may not even make the New York Mets team this year. There are reports that he could be traded before spring training is over.
Tejada became the center of attention last year during the playoffs when he was taken out by Chase Utley on a dirty slide and received a broken leg. With the addition of Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop, and Wilmer Flores as a super utility man, there may not be room for Ruben on this roster. Beside Flores, the Mets bench seems to include Juan Lagares as the extra outfielder and Kevin Plawecki as the backup catcher. Alejandro de Aza is in the same boat as Tejada but with his big contract, he doesn’t figure to go anywhere. That will leave Tejada fighting for the last spot on the roster. Eric Campbell could be Tejada's competition, and with his experience, and versatility, (infield,outfield, emergency catcher) Campbell has a good chance to make the team.
If Tejada does not make the roster or gets traded, I wish Ruben all the luck in the world and hope that he lands in a spot with a team that can really use his glove and his services.
With all the hoopla over Cespedes’s autos, and horse, and pig having taken place the first week of Spring Training, Terry Collins is putting an end to it and informing the players :
"The fun time is over," Collins said Tuesday afternoon. "It's time to finally get ready for baseball. ... I have no problem with it. ... There's nothing else to write about, so you write about his cars. ... But, like I said, it's time to get ready for baseball now."
Sounds like Terry is ready to go, and now it’s time for his team to do the same. I don’t think there will be any problem with that. The Mets got a taste of the playoffs and now they want more.
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