The New York Mets have re-worked their outfield by signing Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, but questions still remain at other positions on the field.
One question mark is at shortstop. Sandy Alderson has been looking for an upgrade to Ruben Tejada, but it's looking more likely that he'll get another chance to play there every day in 2014, according to a tweet from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
While Mets fans must brace themselves for the reality of watching Terry Collins pencil Tejada into his starting lineup, there are still options to be explored via the trade market.
Wilfredo Tovar is the only internal option in the upper levels of the minor leagues available to challenge Tejada for some playing time next season.
Top prospects Gavin Cecchini and Amed Rosario are each at least three years away from making landfall in Flushing. It’s imperative for New York to find the right player to fill the gap between now and the time that either one of these prospects is ready to contribute in the major leagues.
The following players are shortstops the Mets could potentially acquire for next season (and possibly beyond) to be part of the solution at this critical position.