According to a report from Mike Puma of the Post, Ruben Tejada may not be in the Mets' plans for next season. Tejada reportedly may not be tendered a contract for 2016, with prospect Matt Reynolds possibly stepping in to compete for the everyday shortstop job. The Mets have until December 2 to decide whether Tejada should be tendered a contract. Tejada's season came to an abrupt end in Game 2 of the NLDS, when Chase Utley barreled into the shortstop, breaking his leg.
This move wouldn't necessarily spell the end of Tejada's time in New York. If Tejada is non-tendered, it's not entirely uncommon for an organization to re-sign a player coming off a severe injury to a restructured, incentive-laden deal. With no timetable yet released for Tejada, it's unclear when he'll be ready to resume baseball activities.
It'd be interesting to see if the organization thinks highly enough of Reynolds for him to compete for a starting job. The 24-year-old impressed during spring training last season, and briefly held a roster spot during the postseason, but posted underwhelming numbers last season in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.