Chip Hale told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that he believes Ruben Tejada is ready to be an everyday shortstop for the Mets (in the event Jose Reyes leaves as a free agent).
According to Hale, Tejada is now capable of hitting close to .280.
“I think defensively he’d be right at the average,” Hale told Rubin of Tejada’s presence on the infield. “The one thing Ruben is never going to give you, I don’t think, is that real big voice,” however, “I think as he gets older, he’ll become more of a quiet leader.”
The 21-year-old Tejada hit .284 with a .360 OBP, but just 16 extra base hits, while striking out in 13% of his at bats, in 376 plate appearances this past season for the Mets.
Matthew Cerrone: I warmed to this idea in September, but I still can’t pull the trigger and commit to saying what Hale is saying. I don’t know why. I don’t deny that Tejada is a ‘bargain,’ given his intelligence and offensive and defensive production when compared to his salary and age. But, as an every-