Mets Shortstop Options

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011

With Jose Reyes gone the New York Mets have entrusted Ruben Tejada with the starting shortstop duties, the question is Is he ready for the role? In 96 games last season he batted .284 with 15 doubles and a very solid on base percentage of .360. He’s definitely earned a chance at the job but there is no denying the Mets need a veteran backup as insurance. There have been talks the last few days about Jack Wilson filling that role but apparently Ronny Cedeno is also now in play.

@JonHeymanCBS: #mets have talked to ronny cedeno as well as jack wilson for infield opening. both players have other options, as well

Hearing about Cedeno actually adds some intrigue to the search. If I had to choose between the two I’d go with Ronny. Neither are that great of players but when it comes to a backup infielder utility/role I like the youngster. That’s right youngster, Ronny is only 28 and slightly more productive the Wilson but also able to help in the outfield.

I’m just not sure if the Mets are a team that Cedeno is interested. Ronny has other teams looking at him, mainly the Mets division rival the Atlanta Braves. A team that can pay him more but more importantly give him a better chance at winning in 2012 and beyond.

@ajcbraves: Ronny Cedeno still in play, and #Braves are among teams interested in him. He’s been on their backup SS/utility list all along.

With the Mets recent history, I feel they’ll end up with the older, washed up Jack Wilson.

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