Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/2/13
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Ruben Tejada has little speed and less power. Yet despite that damning duo, Tejada was able to post a 2.1 fWAR last year in 114 games. If he plays a full season in 2013, it’s within reach for the Mets’ 23-year-old shortstop to put up a 3-WAR year. Mets fans got used to that type of production with Jose Reyes, but the only other shortstops in team history to post a 3.0 fWAR are Buddy Harrelson (twice) and Rey Ordonez (once). While Tejada exceeded expectations last year, he suffered a significant dropoff in his offensive numbers between the first and second half. His OPS before the All-Star break was .786 while it fell to .628 in the second half of the year. Particularly disappointing was his production in September, when he posted a .266/.310/.294 slash line over his final 118 PA. It was hard to chalk that up to getting tired, as he missed significant time during the year. Besides, a 22-year-old position player should be able to play a full season in a cold-weather city with...
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