As was reported on Sunday by Adam Rubin, Ruben Tejada is expected to rejoin the Mets today at Citi Field as they take on the Washington Nationals.
By delaying Tejada’s return for a week, the Mets are able to retain him for another year before he can hit free agency.
I don’t know what delaying his free agency really means for a player who seems to be in both the manager’s and front office’s dog house for the last two years.
Andy Martino spoke to two team officials this weekend. One of them said he was profoundly unimpressed by his work ethic and called him “a very disappointing kid”. The other official added that they “haven’t given up on him at all”.
Last week, Sandy Alderson said that one of the problems with Tejada is “it’s like pulling teeth” with regard to putting in the extra work to improve his performance on the field. “We need to see a commitment to improvement. He’s going to have to earn it.”
My take on this is that the team will do what it can this offseason to fill th