The New York Mets insist that they are happy with Ruben Tejada as their starting shortstop. Even with some shaky play from his thus far in his career. Even with Stephen Drew available in free agency. Even with Tejada struggling this spring.
No. Tejada will be their shortstop. Unless he’s not, that is.
Now John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are keeping tabs on the Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop competition and might try to deal for the odd man out between Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings:
Meanwhile, a source affiliated with another ballclub, who has past ties to GM Sandy Alderson, said the Mets are continuing to monitor the Diamondbacks’ shortstop competition, and ‘could jump in’ to try to make a trade for either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends.”
Both players are young (Gregorius is 24, Owings is 22) so it’s not as if the Mets would be adding a proven player. That said, they might see more upside in one of those options than they do in Tejada. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be open to trading one of their shortstops for the right deal, so this situation is worth monitoring as the competition takes shape.