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Report: Ruben Tejada weighing grievance against Mets

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets pops

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets pops up a 10th-inning sacrifice bunt attempt against the Atlanta Braves during the conclusion of their suspended game at Citi Field. (May 25, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who has fallen out of favor with the Mets, is reportedly considering a grievance against the club for intentionally delaying his free agency by one season.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report published on Sunday night, the potential grievance stems from the Mets' decision to delay Tejada's planned September call-up, a move that kept him one day short of earning enough service time to become a free agent in 2016.

Because the Mets stalled his promotion, Tejada won't be a free agent until 2017.

Tejada, 24, hit just .202 during a season marred by injuries and a stint in the minors. He began the season as the starting shortstop. He ended it without a role, with the Mets openly searching for a replacement at shortstop, whether by trade or in the free agent market.

A representative for Tejada declined comment.

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