As the 2014 season gets closer and closer, it’s becoming a reality that Ruben Tejada will be the starting shortstop. Feelings on Tejada could be mixed. He is still only 24 years old, and while he endured an awful 2013 season, Tejada only played about a third of the season.
There was the possibility that the New York Mets would sign Stephen Drew to replace Tejada, but that seems all but over. The Mets became more interested as Drew lowered his price. Recent reports had the Mets looking at Drew for a one-year deal, but that doesn’t seem like something he would be interested in.
The Boston Red Sox would be the competition for signing the shortstop, but I would assume the Red Sox would go above a one-year deal. However, that could change if Boston has expectations of Xander Bogaerts eventually taking over the position. That could cause the Red Sox to also go down to a one-year deal.
A scenario like this would re-open the door for the Mets. A two-year deal, even with less money, could sway Drew back to New York. However, another problem that would keep Drew in Boston is the play of Will Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks eventually spent his time on the bench, with Bogaerts taking over his position. If Boston has lost faith in their once promising third baseman, Drew and Bogaerts would be the way to go.
For the Mets, there isn’t much reason to think anyone but Tejada will be manning shortstop. With shortstop being one of the hardest positions to fill, Tejada may not be the worst thing.
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