What about CF?
COF still works.
Jose Reyes is a cornerstone player.
Ruben Tejada is a complementary player.
It's generally not a good idea to replace a cornerstone player with a complementary player unless you have another cornerstone player ready to fill another position. But the Mets other than Wright had no other cornerstones.
Hell, they didn't even have an outfield.
The problem is when you start replacing cornerstone players with complementary players, people stop complimenting your team.
See what i did there?
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Ruben is a decent SS, doesn't have too much flash, but a solid .340 OBP guy w/ average defense. Given how much decent 2B/SS get paid on the open market/arb, we should lock him up now. We can probably lock him up for 5 yrs/4 mil, and it'd be wise to do so.
Maybe he meant 5 at 4 mil per?
Just guessing, because 5 years at 4 mil total is not far above minimum. I have to believe that no one is that dumb...
Tejada is not a flashy SS, but he is very valuable. He's just a notch better than your average SS, but lacks tools that would allow for some projection. If he can get his OBP to what it was in the minors or just a year ago, he can be very valuable. I don't think he will improve much more, but if he can post some .350-.360 OBP numbers, that can help us a lot. Additionally if he can get some more XBH, that could really make him a quality SS.
So basically, he plays good defense, he's a patient hitter and lacks power. If he can improve his BB%, get more XBH, and get maybe 15-18 SB's that would be his ceiling in my opinion. The good thing is he can probably do all of this next year.
Average now, and only 23. I'm excited to see him play when he reaches his peak.
I'd say he can improve his hitting, specifically driving the ball into the gap. His fielding is already so smooth that there's not much to improve other than arm strength (which is already pretty solid), and anyone's baserunning could always get a little better, for the most part.
I expect him to become a true number 2 hitter in a few years, not someone who could bat second but really is an eigth hitter