Alderson Reiterates That Tejada May Start At Shortstop Next Season

ruben tejadaLast week, in his conference call to announce the Chris Young signing, Sandy Alderson said it was conceivable that Ruben Tejada could be the opening day shortstop.

He said he had reached out to teams about trading for a shortstop, but that the market was very thin even before the Cards signed Peralta.

After arriving to the Winter Meetings last night, Sandy reiterated to reporters that he will likely go with Tejada at short next season.

“Depending how things materialize, we may live with certain weaknesses,” Alderson said. “For example, we could come out of these meetings with Tejada as our regular shortstop. Worse things could happen to us, certainly.”

Incidentally, Tejada is doing great since recovering from a broken fibula and is now working out without any limitations. The team has said they are impressed with his results and his work ethic.

Honestly, as some of you know, I don’t have a problem with Tejada at shortstop although I’d much prefer him at second base where he is infinitely better defensively.

At 23-years old, Tejada deserves a shot to put last season behind him and try to rediscover his stroke and possibly become very productive once again. I’m not buying that he’s washed up at his age. He is one season removed from tens of thousands of Met fans cheering for him and chanting “Jose who?” at Citi Field. Right?

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