Free agent SS Stephen Drew could wait until June to sign with a team, his agent Scott Boras said (Rosenthal, Feb. 24).
Drew could wait to sign to avoid getting another qualifying offer at the end of this season, as only players who spend the entire year with a team can be extended a qualifying offer. Also, by waiting until June, the team that signs him will not have to forfeit a draft pick.
The Mets reportedly offered a one-year, $9.5 million deal to Drew, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21).
Since he has not signed with a big-league team, he started his spring training at the new Scott Boras training facility in North Miami last week (Cafardo, Feb. 16).
The Mets and Red Sox are among the four teams reportedly still showing interest inDrew (Bowden, Feb. 18).