I received an email over the weekend from a reader who wanted to know if either Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada were the longterm solution at shortstop for the Mets.
Is Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada the Mets shortstop of the future?
No – Neither Flores or Tejada will be the longterm solution at shortstop.
To begin, nobody believes Flores will remain at shortstop for too much longer. He projects mostly as a corner outfielder these days and his stock has fallen sharply.
Ruben Tejada will hold the fort down at shortstop in 2012 and perhaps 2013 as well, but mostly because the Mets have no money to sign a replacement for Reyes, and also because there are no internal options that are major league ready… Yet.
Gun to my head, my best guess is that Danny Muno could eventually become the heir apparent to Jose Reyes at shortstop. He might not be ready until 2014, but I love his makeup and he has more offensive potential than Ruben Tejada.
Here is what our own Pete Shapiro wrote back in October...