Mets looking to add SS this winter

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been unimpressed with Ruben Tejada's work ethic, and will be searching for an upgrade at shortstop during the offseason.

The New York Mets are looking to add a shortstop during the offseason, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

Ruben Tejada came into the season as the Mets starting shortstop. He struggled at the plate, batting .209/.267/.262 before injuring his right quadriceps on May 29. Tejada went on the disabled list, and was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas when healthy.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discussed Tejada with Mike Francesa of WFAN, telling the radio host about Tejada's problematic work ethic:

One of the problems with Ruben is it's like pulling teeth. Extra batting practice, extra this, extra that. It just doesn't happen necessarily unless somebody else is insisting on it. That's what we need to see. We need to see a commitment to improvement. He's very young...now he's been put in a position where he has to earn it.

Alderson also told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM that the team would have money to spend during the offseason, and Martino speculates that the team will take a look at Stephen Drew in free agency.

Drew signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox last winter. He has been a solid contributor to a resurgent Boston team, batting .240/.330./.433 with quality defense. The Red Sox, however, will likely start Xander Bogaerts at shortstop in 2014, making it likely that Drew signs with a new team during the offseason.

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