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Mets are dealing with 'a very disappointing kid'

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07:25 AM ET 09.09 | One of the more intriguing, and important, offseasons looms in Queens, where splashy acquisitions have been rare lately. It had been my assumption that the Mets would either name Ruben Tejada the shortstop next year, or fill the position via trade. ... But when when I ran that formulation by a front office source, I was surprised to hear an openness to signing a free agent (I thought they'd only look to sign outfielders and starting pitchers). Stephen Drew will be available, and Yunel Escobar could be, if Tampa Bay declines his $5 millon option. ... Having said that, Tejada can still climb out of the doghouse. The Mets have been profoundly unimpressed by his work ethic ("a very disappointing kid," one team official said), but "haven't given up on him at all," according another source.

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September 9, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Escobar has played very well for the Rays. They will be picking up his option.

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