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Despite the Mets not making any significant upgrades at shortstop through free agency or a trade, this does not mean Ruben Tejada will necessarily be the Mets shortstop by default.
General manager Sandy Alderson recently mentioned that it's possible that rookie Wilmer Flores could compete for the starting job at shortstop, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, despite now being primarily a third baseman. Third base, though, for the Mets is held down by David Wright, so in order to get his bat in the lineup, Flores will likely have to play at another position.
If Flores has a particularly good spring and shows at least some decent potential defensively at shortstop, he could very well end up getting more playing time than Tejada. Certain variables here have yet to be determined, and that's what should make this competition very fascinating to follow.