Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is disappointed former teammate Ruben Tejada hasn’t secured the starting shortstop job with the Mets. According to Newsday’s Anthony Rieber, Reyes said “something’s wrong” with Tejada.
“Every time I talk to him, I try to give him some advice,” Reyes said. “What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don’t know if he gets it or not . . . You have to work, man. When you’re younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it’s going to go away. Quick.
“When I was there, I always give a lot of advice to him . . . My last year there, every time I talk to him: ‘This is going to be your position for a long time. Don’t let it go away.’ See what happened now? It’s 2015 and he doesn’t have a position to play.”
Mets manager Terry Collins, one of the few who has defended the 25-year-old Tejada against a torrent of criticism, took no issue with the comments Reyes made, as Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. Collins said, “I think the world of Jose Reyes. Apparently, he may know something I don’t.” Collins may welcome the opportunity that an outside agitator might light a fire under Tejada.
Wilmer Flores, 23, is likely to open up the regular season at shortstop while Tejada watches from the bench. Flores posted a .664 OPS in 274 plate appearances last season, which was only marginally higher than the .652 mark Tejada put up in 419 plate appearances.