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Ruben Tejada may not be the most ideal major league shortstop out there, but it's quite possible he could be the Mets' starting shortstop by default.
The Mets did not end up signing any major free-agent shortstops this offseason that could have displaced Tejada. This means that shortstop at this point could be Tejada's job to lose.
Tejada's main competition in spring training could end up coming from one of the Mets' top offensive prospects in Wilmer Flores. Flores would probably not be the steadiest defensive shortstop, but he has a good amount of offensive potential and more power than Tejada has ever had.
Flores right now is hitting .105 in spring training with two hits in 19 at-bats. He also has two RBI and three walks. Tejada, meanwhile, is hitless in seven at-bats.
If the Mets decide to play things safe, Tejada should become the starting shortstop. However, if the Mets decide to take a risk and put Flores at shortstop full time, he would most likely start over Tejada. At this point though, it's unknown if the Mets really plan on turning Flores into a full-time shortstop, so Tejada right now is probably the better bet to be the Mets' starting shortstop on Opening Day.