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METBLOGFEVER : Tejada has good game against Braves

published by Keith Gendron         March 20, 2014.

Although springtraining has been going on for over a month, Ruben Tejada played a solid offensive and defensive game for the first time, finally. Maybe a new season had something to do with it. Not baseball season, but today is the first day of Spring. With it usually brings hope, sounds of lawn mowers and birth. Apparently, today it led to the creation of Tejada bearing semblance of a professional ball player. In todays walk-off 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves, Rubin Tejada went 3 for 3 at the plate with a double, rbi and wait for it…..flawless defense. The latter being of utmost importance, if he is to stick around in the starting lineup. Playing amidst rumors of the Mets seeking trades with Arizona and Seattle to bring in a young shortstop, Tejada’s defense has been horrible( 4 errors) and equally pathetic his batting( 3 hits) entering today’s game.

I hope the Mets continue considering alternatives to Tejada. But, the Mets do not seem willing to pay Stephen Drew and do not seem open to trading away any of their minor league pitching to acquire Gregorius, Owings or Franklin. So, for one day it isn’t as urgent for Sandy Alderson to find a solution, which may help with negotiating a trade. Arizona is more desperate at this time, since they have lost their ace, Patrick Corbin. They are “all in” for 2014 and could use a dependable veteran arm that eats innings. The Mets have one in Dillon Gee, with being affordable, productive and coming off 199+ innings pitched in 2013. But, with Jon Niese starting the season on the DL to get his pitch count and shoulder strength to where it belongs, the Mets quite possibly may be leaning on Gee for opening day and won’t trade him unless this season spirals out of control, or possibly in 2015.

As per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, Jose Reyes gave Tejada a pep talk yesterday and told him to keep working hard despite trade rumors.Hopefully, Tejada can build off this performance and give the team one less thing to deal with short term.

Mejia on display for Diamondbacks

published by Keith Gendron                              March 15, 2014.

 

Although, I am a fan of Jenrry Mejia and hoped he would get a serious audition for the fifth spot in the New York Mets rotation in 2014, the possibility exists his time may be up in Flushing. He has only pitched 2 innings thus far this spring training with a scheduled start tomorrow afternoon. Appearing with the Vegas squad tomorrow afternoon in the second game of this 2 game exhibition series vs. the Chicago Cubs. But, with the Mets apparent dire need of a shortstop and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring training home relatively nearby, my thinking is that Mejia may be auditioning for them as part of a package deal. The Diamondbacks have young talented shortstops in Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius. I know their interest is also getting a catcher and so possibly along with Mejia, Kevin Plawecki may get the deal accomplished. Gregorius is a left handed batting, throws right with some pop and 100 games of major league experience. Owings has shown pop throughout minor league career, throws and bats right with stolen base ability.

Chris Owings

Didi Gregorius

 

The Mets do not seem like they are inclined to offer their prospects for Nick Franklin because his range and arm for a major league shortstop is suspect although his bat is good. The Stephen Drew saga appears to have drawn to a close with the Mets not willing to spend a dime. So, I am assuming this may be their plan to bring a young shortstop. You have to give to get and if it fills a need, I can support the move….just wished they had saved that Colon money for Drew in December though.

Here are baseball reference comparables of the two shortstops.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gregodi01.shtml#batting_standard::none

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/owingch01.shtml#batting_standard::none