Ruben Tejada doesn’t intend to again make the mistake of arriving on time for spring training. After irritating manager Terry Collins last year by waiting until the deadline for position players to report before arriving in camp, the Mets shortstop yesterday said he will be in Port St. Lucie on Saturday — a full week before his presence is required. “Last year is history, and now I’m here to keep playing good and keep working hard,” Tejada said following a workout at Citi Field. Tejada had trouble obtaining a work visa in his native Panama last year when he was late in completing the required paperwork. Collins wanted him in camp early to get extra work running the bases and turning double plays with Daniel Murphy. Tejada said he arrived in New York on Jan. 24 and has been working out with former teammate Jose Reyes, now with the Blue Jays, at a local facility. “We’re talking about everything,” Tejada said. “In practice, I try to learn a lot about running the bases, stealing more bases.” * Though the Mets aren’t “formally” out of the market, general manager Sandy Alderson said it’s unlikely the Mets will add additional relievers before spring training. The exception is Brandon Lyon, with whom the Mets are close to finalizing a contract. In recent weeks, LaTroy Hawkins, Pedro Feliciano and Scott Atchison have been brought in on minor league contracts. “The bullpen can’t be worse [than last year] and has room to be a lot better,” Alderson said. Frank Francisco, who is coming off December surgery to remove bone chips in his right (pitching) elbow, struggled last year and likely will have to compete for the closer’s job this spring.
Mets SS Tejada plans to swing by camp early this time
New York Post | Feb 5