Furcal to Marlins, helping Tejada retain role

December, 6, 2013
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Rafael Furcal, perhaps the last viable free-agent shortstop option for the Mets, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins to serve as second baseman.

In the end, it would appear, the Mets were not overly aggressive with Furcal.

The lack of free-agent shortstop options means Ruben Tejada's chances of remaining shortstop on Opening Day in 2014 continue to improve.

A team official indicated the Mets still will seek a trade partner for a shortstop, but team officials are willing to accept using Tejada if need be.

Sandy Alderson recently alluded to the latter scenario, noting: "While shortstop is an obvious place for improvement, it’s not the only one. And if we’re successful elsewhere, as many clubs do, they get by on their strengths and hope to be as adequate as possible in those areas where they’re weaker.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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