Ruben Tejada has not played like the major league shortstop this spring that the Mets want him to be. They came into the spring looking for a shortstop, and the search continues with about two weeks left before Opening Day.
John Harper of the NY Daily News reported a couple of days ago that 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.”
The D-Backs are open to the idea of trading one of their young infielders if the price is right. They are said to be looking for a big league ready catcher capable of playing as the backup behind Miguel Montero. The Yankees have a few of those on their team and could use an extra infielder of two with the questions in their infield.
Harper noted that might have to throw in a player like Kevin Plawecki to get either Gregorius or Owings.
Of course, they could always go the other way and sign free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who would probably sign with anybody at almost any price at this point.
Then there is the third option, which doesn’t seem to being going away either: a trade with the Seattle Mariners involving Nick Franklin.
The Mets are one of the teams that have been showing interest in the middle infielder, and reports over the past week have stated that the Mariners have been scouting most Mets games recently, trying to find and potential trade fits.
Behind Drew, I see a trade with Seattle being the second best option. Just as they were trying very hard to trade Ike Davis over the winter, the Mets’ interest in having Tejada as their starting shortstop is pretty well know.
The only problem is that he is their lone option at this point.
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