Well Stephen Drew is still in a beach house in Florida and the only trade the Mets made was to ship Ike Davis off to Pittsburgh.
Now with April almost over the Mets sit at 10-10, better than most expected but not playing their best baseball.
Sandy Alderson needs to make a change. And on the offensive side of the ball, Ruben Tejada seems to be the guy to replace. Everyone expects Granderson to turn it around and for d’Arnaud to start getting some better luck.
The Mets have a surplus in pitching and it’s soon going to be time to deal from the crop of pitching to help upgrade a position. Ruben Tejada’s days as a Met, much like Ike Davis, have always seemed to be numbered.
At some point, Tejada’s shortcomings in the field and the plate would become too much and he would have to be replaced. That time has come.
No longer can the Mets and their fans deal with Ruben Tejada being in the lineup everyday. Terry Collins has even gone as far as pinch-hitting for Tejada in key moments late in game. If that doesn’t spell the end, nothing will.
The Mets want to start winning at the big league level, they have set 90 wins as a goal and they have become to spend money to invest in the big league club. This is no longer a team that is rebuilding and can allow guys like Tejada to play full time.
Now, Sandy Alderson is a smart guy. He knows this. He knows that an upgrade needs to be made. But so does the whole league. Alderson can’t give away his hand and make it known that Tejada is done. Because if that happens, the price for a shortstop will skyrocket.
So he is waiting for the right time, or for Wilmer Flores to prove that he can be a viable option at the position. The latter seems very unlikely. With only 20 games gone and over 140 to go, Alderson has time to make the upgrade. The team, with all of it’s struggles so far has played better than expectations during a hard stretch of baseball.
That’s an encouraging sign. When Granderson and d’Arnaud start playing better, David Wright turns into his MVP form and the Mets upgrade in places that need fixing, they will become a good baseball team that will starting winning games and a lot of them.
But the time for experiments is over. Ruben Tejada has had ample opportunities to stick at shortstop. He just isn’t the guy for Flushing. The longer he’s there, the worse it becomes for the Mets. Sandy Alderson, it’s time for a change.