It is the news for which Mets fans have been waiting all winter — the Mets have re-signed Ruben Tejada for 2014.
Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger tweeted Wednesday night that the Mets have avoided arbitration with Tejada by signing him to a $1.1 million contract. He’s worthy every penny.
Knowing how tight the Mets are with money, this would seem to rule out signing Stephen Drew, regardless of how much his stock continues to drop.
Speaking of dropping stock, can Ruben Tejada’s fall any more? He committed six errors over the first couple of weeks of the 2013 season, and then things somehow got worse. He was injured and banished to the minors, finishing the season with a measly .202 batting average in 227 at bats.
There were whispers about his work ethic and/or attitude, and if that is indeed the problem, that is not a bad thing; that can be easily be fixed (unless your name is Jordany Valdespin or Lastings Milledge).
In any case, get used to seeing Ruben Tejada at short. Now if the Mets can just lock up Lucas Duda, their off-season will be complete.