One more quick thing, then I’ll shut up

Adam Rubin reports that Jerry Manuel “appears to prefer” going with 20-year-old Ruben Tejada over Alex Cora in Jose Reyes’ stead.

Though Rubin’s usually on top of these things, it’s just a report and so I don’t want to overreact. And I’m bored of killing Omar Minaya for signing Alex Cora to the deal he did when he did.

But if that’s true, that means that this offseason, coming off a season in which their starting shortstop got hurt, the Mets signed a backup shortstop that their own manager was not comfortable starting if their starting shortstop got hurt.

One more time: If that’s true, that means that this offseason, coming off a season in which their starting shortstop got hurt, the Mets signed a backup shortstop that their own manager was not comfortable starting if their starting shortstop got hurt.

I suppose that’s slightly overstating the case. For all I know, Manuel’s perfectly comfortable starting Cora and just happens to think Tejada’s great.

That’s a stretch, though, considering Tejada didn’t exactly light the world on first at Double-A last year, and he’s 20, and…

You know what? Screw it. No more on the Great Alex Cora Debate until the season starts, I promise. I’m certain you’ve already made up your mind on the matter anyway.

4 thoughts on “One more quick thing, then I’ll shut up

  1. But this is the same manager, who got fined for delaying a game by bringing in a back up catcher warming up pitchers in the BP as a pinch hitter over Castro b/c he has a ‘short swing’.

    Not sure at this point I’d put much credence in Jerry’s ability to evaluate talent.

    I’m not making an argument that Cora was/is the better choice, just saying I wouldn’t go by Jerry’s opinion on the matter….

  2. I’d agree srt but if Jerry has enough power in the organization to dictate when and where to bring up prospects and whether or not to play Tejada over Cora you’d think Omar, or whoever makes decisions, would have consulted him before jumping to sign Cora to that contract at the start off the off-season.

    At this point I’m pretty certain we could sneak a poster in here into Mets brain trust meetings and if he talked with enough conviction they’d just start following his directions.

  3. Cora is a seasoned back up jack of all trades. Lopez can’t play 3rd, ss, 2nd and 1st and Cora can. Expecting Cora to start is like expecting a seasoned reliever to start indefinitely. It’s spring so if you can avoid it you should.

    • They’re not expecting him to start they’re expecting him to be a back up, which is exactly what he is and what he was signed to do. It’s more like asking a long man to make a few spot starts, which happens all the time.

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