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Player one posted a slash line of .287/.347/.433, while player two posted a slash line of .289/.333/.351.
While there may not be a tremendous gap in their level of production, there was an astronomical difference in their salaries.
As you may have guessed, "player one" is former Mets shortstop and leadoff hitter Jose Reyes, who signed a six-year pact worth $106 million with the Miami Marlins prior to the 2012 season.
"Player two" is his replacement, Ruben Tejada, who filled in for Reyes' absence admirably, and appeared completely unfazed by the circumstances despite being the incumbent to arguably the best offensive player in team history at the age of 22.
Tejada may never provide the type of well-rounded production that Reyes does. After all, Reyes has averaged 47 stolen bases and a .789 OPS over the past eight seasons.
Despite the difference in physical ability, Tejada plays a solid defensive shortstop and has improved his offense in each of his three MLB seasons.
The Mets' infield is pretty solid, and Tejada is part of the core of the team that will soon compete for an NL East title.