The Mets will have 11 players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, including Ruben Tejada.
MLB Trade Rumors projects Tejada, who earned $1.8 million this past season, will earn $2.3 million through arbitration next year, after which he can become a free agent for the first time in his career (Oct. 6, 2015).
Similarly, the award-winning team at Pace Law School determined that Tejada can expect to earn slightly less, $2.5 million, would most likely exceed his value on the open market (Nov. 21, 2015).
There is a distinct chance that Tejada gets non-tendered, after which the Mets could look to bring him back. It'll be a difficult decision, largely based on whether or not Ben Zobrist's chooses to sign with them. The Mets felt most comfortable going with Tejada at shortstop during the postseason, but that was mostly because of how Wilmer Flores had been hitting down the stretch.
Next season, I think they hope to have different, more versatile options on the infield, which, when coupled with Tejada's salary, could make him expendable. Also, though they praised him a bit toward the end of the last season, Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have been really, really hard on Ruben the last few years.
Again, knowing this is a pretty pragmatic, unemotional front office, if the Mets need the roster spot, money or have better options, Tejada is toast. If he's the better fit, they'll keep him around for a final season. It's that basic...