A few weeks back I penned a column lauding the decent start Ruben Tejada was off to. And as if it was a foreshadowing of things to come, Tejada has now gone into a miserable slump and is once again losing time to backup Omar Quintanilla.
Tejada is now sporting a paltry .200/.324/.217 slash line to go with just one extra base hit and four RBI’s.
So, with Tejada slipping back into oblivion, it begs the question once again: how much longer can the Mets get by with him as their starting shortstop?
At some point the logical conclusion is to finally cut bait with Tejada and admit failure and move on to a new plan. When you combine all his troubles of last year and the inauspicious start he is off to this year, sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade and part ways.
Maybe this is the time to finally dial Scott Boras and inquire about Stephen Drew and relent while coming to some sort of compromise. If this is a game of chicken, maybe it’s time for Sandy Alderson to blink first because status quo is just not cutting it.
What ails Tejada is perhaps the same thing that ailed long-time embattled ex-first baseman Ike Davis. That being, he was never really comfortable with the club knowing that he was not particularly wanted on top of all the negativity surrounding him. Tejada is not exactly in an environment to succeed.
It seems very unlikely that Tejada is capable of turning his career around in New York, at least not up to the Mets’ standards. At this point it seems inconceivable that Tejada will ever approach hitting the way he did in 2012, when he hit .288.
Tejada will probably be nothing more than a weak hitting middle infielder who’s capable of making the occasional nice defensive play (to his credit he’s made some sensational plays in the field thus far). He is what he is, though. His upside is clearly limited with the Mets.
So, Mets’ management, maybe you should cave in and make a call to either Boras about Drew or inquire about Didi Gregorius in Arizona or perhaps Nick Franklin in Seattle. Because, it just doesn’t seem Tejada will ever recapture some of his early-career promise.
If you can say goodbye to Davis, certainly you can say goodbye to Tejada.
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