NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ruben Tejada may file a grievance against the New York Mets related to the timing of a September promotion and its effect on his contract status, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Tejada received the team’s final call-up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sept. 10. One day earlier and he would have been eligible for free agency following the 2016 season. Instead, with his service time a tick away from three full years, the 24-year-old shortstop won’t hit the open market until 2017, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Tejada, once considered the heir apparent to Jose Reyes, hit .202 in 2013 with 12 doubles and 10 RBIs in 57 major league games. His season, which included a lengthy demotion, ended when he fractured his leg on Sept. 18.
The Mets are reportedly looking for an upgrade at the position and have been linked this offseason to Jhonny Peralta.
The New York Daily News reported that Tejada’s bond with the team “has grown sour” due to a “combination of mutual misunderstanding, disappointment, regression and sniping.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before the recall that working with Tejada was “like pulling teeth.”
“It’s extra batting practice, extra this, extra that — it doesn’t happen, necessarily, unless someone else is insisting on it,” Alderson said Sept. 3 on WFAN radio. “We need to see a commitment to improvement. He’s going to have to earn it.”
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