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11 Ruben Tejada SS
Height/Weight: 5-11/185 | Birthdate: 10/27/1989 | Birthplace: Veraguas, Panama | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $514,701 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 319.06
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Ruben Tejada finding his swing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Mets infielder Ruben Tejada picked up his first multi-hit performance of the season Tuesday, in a 4-0 win over the Braves.   

Tejada went 2 for 3 in the game, driving in one run with each single. He also scored twice and walked once, while striking out once in the win.

Tejada raised has batting averaging to .286 on the season with Tuesday's performance, though he also boasts a .400 on-base percentage through seven games. 


Report: Mets continue to monitor shortstop market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's shaky play this spring has renewed concerns for management he will not be able to handle the starting shortstop job. Therefore, the Mets are continuing to monitor the shortstop market, according to the New York Daily News.

A team source said Tuesday the Mets continue to scout Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, as they decide whether or not Franklin can play shortstop well enough to justify his offensive potential and giving up a starting pitcher prospect for him.

Also, a source for another team told the Daily News the Mets are also monitoring the Diamondbacks' shortstop competition, and "could jump in" to make a trade for Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said recently he would consider trading one of his young shortstops, ideally for a top catching prospect, which would likely be Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.

There is also free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but there is no indication from Drew's agent, Scott Boras, that his client would be willing to sign a bargain-type contract.


Ruben Tejada goes hitless in return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Making his first appearance in a week, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 and committed a fielding error in his team's 5-5 tie with the Cardinals Friday.

Tejada missed the past week while dealing with a tight hamstring, making Friday's game his second of the spring. He's 0 for 5 at the plate thus far, and his spring struggles, if they continue, could lead the team to go a different direction at the position this season.


Ruben Tejada ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is ready to go Friday, according to ESPN.

Tejada is dealing with some hamstring issues, but was expected to be ready to play Friday. Tejada is expected to open the season as the team's starter at short. He hit .202 in 208 at-bats last year.


Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada out until Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Mets first baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Ruben Tejada won't play until Friday, Newsday reports.

Davis is dealing with calf tightness, but his competitor for the starting first baseman role is also battling soreness. Tejada has tightness in his left hamstring. Both players are looking to establish themselves as the clear starter at their respective positions.


Ruben Tejada scratched with tight hamstring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has been scratched Sunday with a tight hamstring, according to the Newsday.

Tejada will be replaced by Anthony Seratelli at short. Tejada hit .202/.259/.260 in 206 at-bats last season.  


Ruben Tejada goes hitless in spring debut Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0 for 3 and left four men on base in his team's 5-4 loss to the Nationals.

It was an inauspicious spring debut for the Mets' presumed starting shortstop, and if he struggles this spring, the Mets would likely bring in another starting option via trade or free agency. His performance fell off a cliff in 2013 when he hit just .202/.259/.260 in 208 at-bats.


Ruben Tejada in line to start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is in line to be the team's starting option, according to Newsday.

General manager Sandy Alderson confirmed the news to reporters. It doesn't sound like Tejada will have a lot of leeway if he struggles, however. The Mets have been mentioned as a candidate for Stephen Drew, but there doesn't appear to be much happening there. 

Tejada hit .202 in 208 at-bats last year.


Ruben Tejada ready for 'new opportunity'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) After a turbulent 2013 season, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada dedicated his offseason to getting in shape and coming to camp ready to silence his critics, according to Newsday.

"The only promise I make is that I'll go every day to the field ready to work hard and play hard, to try to do the best for me, my family, for everybody," Tejada said. "That's the only promise I make every time."

Tejada said he's ready for "a new opportunity" in 2014.

"It's a good thing," he said. "I have the opportunity to make every adjustment . . . to stay happy with me, happy with the front office, happy with the fans, happy with everybody."


Ruben Tejada comes to camp with 'different attitude'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said he's eager to see shortstop Ruben Tejada in action after the infielder spent eight weeks this winter at a training facility run by a former University of Michigan football strength and conditioning coach, who consults for the Mets. 

"He looks good. You can tell he’s really worked hard and trimmed down," Collins said, per ESPN. "I asked him how much faster he was. He said, ‘I’ll show you.’ And I said, ‘OK, good.’ He’ll have the chance. 

"He’s a great kid. And he’s as big a joker as anybody. But I think he’s coming into this camp with a different attitude and a different makeup. There’s something to prove."


Mets still debating who will be at shortstop in 2014?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) The Mets appear willing to offer free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew a one-year contract with a club option, but even if he accepted those terms, the two sides remain apart on the dollar amount, a source told the New York Post.

Also, there appears to be some opposition from inside the organization, as some believe Ruben Tejada will bounce back and essentially become the equivalent of Drew and at a much lower cost.

One major-league talent evaluator believes the Mets' line of thinking is ill-advised.

"They are totally overvaluing Ruben Tejada," the evaluator said. "Especially with all their young pitchers, Drew would be a great addition for the Mets."


Terry Collins unclear about shortstop position


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Terry Collins gave mixed messages about the Mets shortstop situation on Friday. He insisted that Ruben Tejada will compete with Omar Quintanilla for the starting spot, then indicated the former had all but nailed down the position.

"Ruben has rededicated himself," he told his team website. "He's ready to show people he's the starting shortstop."

Tejada did nothing of the kind in 2013. He batted just .202 with no home runs and 10 RBI in 208 at-bats and committed eight errors in limited opportunities, leading some to call for the Mets to sign a free agent such as Stephen Drew.


Mets GM 'anxious' to see Ruben Tejada in action


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson once again spoke highly of shortstop Ruben Tejada during an interview with WFAN Tuesday. Alderson was particularly pleased with Tejada’s offseason work, according to ESPN.

"I think given the realistic opportunities at this point, we’re happy as of the first day of spring training," Alderson said about the shortstop position. "That obviously could change over time, during the course of spring-training games and what have you. But I’m optimistic we’re going to see a little bit different Tejada going into this season."

The Mets continue to be linked to free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but it doesn't sound like Alderson is going to bring in an external candidate to compete with Tejada.

"I think you’ve got to be realistic about that," Alderson said. "Look, we continue to talk to clubs about shortstops that may be out there, available in trade. There aren’t that many. And the price and what you have to give up is always a consideration. But those conversations have continued. 

"It’s just hard to predict what will happen over the next week, two weeks, three weeks. But, in the meantime, Ruben demonstrated a real commitment to getting better by working out in the offseason up in Michigan. I’m anxious to see how that translates on the field."


Mets, Ruben Tejada avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) The Mets have avoided arbitration with shortstop Ruben Tejada by signing him to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $1.1 million, The Star-Ledger reports.

Tejada is the favorite to start at shortstop for the Mets in 2014 unless another infield option is brought in. He hit .202/.259/.260 with zero home runs and 10 RBI in 208 at-bats last season.


Ruben Tejada still on track to be Mets' starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) The Mets appear ready to move forward with Ruben Tejada as their starting shortstop, despite Tejada coming off a poor season in 2013. It has been rumored the Mets have shown interest in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but it seems unlikely the team will sign him.

"I'd say that trade possibilities -- just with the passage of time and knowing more about various situations -- a trade is probably less likely now," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told MLB.com. "The same three alternatives exist: sign a free agent, make a trade, or go with what we have subject to probably bringing in a backup to Tejada. I'd say right now, it's probably more likely that we will go with Option C, which is Ruben at shortstop with the addition of a backup."


Mets not looking to upgrade over Ruben Tejada


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Mets are not particularly interested in upgrading at shortstop, special assistent J.P. Ricciardi told WEEI.com Friday. The team appears to be planning to enter the season with Ruben Tejada as the starter, despite a disappointing 2013 campaign.

"I think we are," Ricciardi said. "He's a young player."

Tejada hit just .202/.259/.260 in 208 at-bats for the Mets last season, but Ricciardi said a thin shortstop market limits their options to upgrade. Tejada is still just 24, despite having over 1,200 major-league at-bats under his belt. 


Ruben Tejada could open the season as Mets' shortstop


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) The Mets may open the season with Ruben Tejada at short, according to ESPN.com.

Tejada was injured for most of the season, and there were reports about some bad blood over the team's handling of the injury. While the Mets may have explored trades for shortstops, that doesn't seem likely at this point. Tejada hit .202/.259/.260 in 208 at-bats. 


Mets see few shortstop alternatives


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/27/2013) ESPN.com reports that Ruben Tejada is increasingly likely to emerge as the Mets' starting shortstop out of spring training. General manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged he has looked into trading for a shortstop this offseason, but conceded he has not found a deal that would improve the club overall.

Alderson also cited the progress made by Tejada during a recent four-week fitness program near Ann Arbor, Mich., though he is still working his way back from the broken right fibula he sustained last September.


Ruben Tejada considering service-time grievance against Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Mets infielder Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets that accuses the team of short-changing Tejada one day of service time in order to delay his free agency one year, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Tejada was recalled from the minors Sept. 10, later than all the team's other September call-ups. The result was that Tejada finished the season with two years, 171 days of service time, one day less than what's considered three full years. As is stands, he wouldn't reach free agency until after the 2017 season; however, if he does file the grievance and is awarded the extra day of service time, he'll be a free agent after the 2016 season.


Ruben Tejada progressing well during rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is progressing well in his recovery from a broken fibula, according to Newsday.

Tejada is on pace to be ready in six-to-eight weeks, which was the initial diagnosis. Tejada was injured in mid-September after a collision on a shallow fly ball. Tejada hit just .202 in 208 at-bats.  


Ruben Tejada facing important offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is facing an important offseason, according to the Star-Ledger

Manager Terry Collins said Tejada would likely be the team's starting shortstop next season depending on how hard he works. Tejada broke his fibula, which will put him out of action for a while. He struggled through the season, dealing with injuries and a prolonged stint in the minors. 

Tejada hit .202 in 208 at-bats. 


Ruben Tejada suffers season-ending leg injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Mets infielder Ruben Tejada saw his season come to an end Wednesday after a collision with outfielder Andrew Brown. According to MetsBlog.com, Tejada is out for the season with a broken right fibula.

Tejada finished Wednesday's game against the Giants 1 for 3 before suffering the injury. He finishes his season with a .202/.259/.260 batting line, with each mark representing a career-low at the major-league level. Tejada appeared in just 57 games, picking up 208 at-bats. 


Ruben Tejada to be called up Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Mets infielder Ruben Tejada will likely be called up Tuesday, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

The move was expected, as Tejada was supposed to join the team soon. Tejada's accumulated enough time in the minors this year that his free agency has been pushed back to 2017. Tejada is hitting .209/.267/.262 in 187 at-bats. 


Ruben Tejada to join Mets soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Sunday that infielder Ruben Tejada will be called up from Triple-A in the next few days. Reports Saturday suggested that the team could be waiting until at least Tuesday to make a move to delay Tejada's free-agency clock for a year.

Tejada has hit .288/.337/.379 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 240 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas.


Sandy Alderson calls out Ruben Tejada


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson called out shortstop Ruben Tejada for a lack of work ethic, according to the Star-Ledger

Tejada is expected to receive a lot of playing time this month, but needs to show the team he's willing to work hard. "Extra batting practice, extra this, extra that, doesn’t happen unless someone else is insisting on it. And that’s what we need to see. We need to see a commitment to improvement," Alderson said. Alderson said Tejada was given a full-time role early in his career,and it's tough for him to have to earn that spot now.

Tejada is hitting .209/.267/.262 in 187 at-bats.