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Mets Want To Keep Reyes, Ruben Tejada Is Plan B

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The New York Mets probably aren't exactly flush with cash right now, but they still intend to retain shortstop Jose Reyes during the offseason, according to David Lennon of Newsday. If that pursuit fails, though, a Plan B appears to be taking form in current Mets second baseman Ruben Tejada.

Reyes is essentially the linchpin of the Mets' offseason at this point, given how much money would likely have to be allotted into the club's payroll for him. Tejada, 21, would obviously cost significantly less, but it's hard to envision him being more than an average regular if he's playing shortstop everyday.

In 339 plate appearances with the Mets this season, Tejada's posted a solid .279/.356/.333 line. His on-base skills are pretty solid, but you have to worried about the lack of pop in his bat as well as his underwhelming Triple-A numbers. If his batting average dips, which could be possible given his high BABIP (we don't know if he can sustain that yet), he's a below-average hitter and a fringe-average defender.

It's hard to vision him being an asset once he's no longer cost-controlled, but he's a decent stopgap for a team that's trying to lower its payroll.