Posted November 17, 2013

Report: Mets’ Ruben Tejada may file grievance against team

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Ruben Tejada is one day of service time short of becoming a free agent after 2016, not 2017. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Ruben Tejada is one day of service time short of becoming a free agent after 2016, not 2017. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Young Mets infielder Ruben Tejada may file a grievance against the team, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported Sunday.

In the potential grievance, Tejada would accuse the Mets of waiting to call him up, thereby costing him a day of service time that would have allowed him to become a free agent after the 2016 season instead of the 2017 season.

The Mets didn’t call up Tejada from Triple-A Las Vegas until Sept. 10. He was their final September call-up of the season — three days after Las Vegas lost its final playoff game and after a flurry of other call-ups from the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.

The Mets didn’t comment on the potential grievance.

Tejada replaced Jose Reyes as the Mets’ starting shortstop in 2012 after Jose Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent. The Mets sent him to Triple-A this season after he suffered a quad injury and amid severe struggles. He finished the season batting just .202 with no homers, 10 RBI, and a .519 OPS in 202 at-bats.

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5 comments
grantdude
grantdude

Well yeah, the goal is to keep players under the team's control for as long as possible. Welcome to reality Ruben.

Michael10
Michael10

That's how the system works, Ruben. If you don't like it, find another profession. There are thousands of other men willing to do your job for minimum wage. No, not everyone can get by on a half million dollars a year, but some folks are just that desperate...

William27
William27

obviously that was their intent. smart business move. and their right.

serveaux
serveaux

Waaah. Send him to Single A and let him play there until 2017