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Stephen Drew Rumors: A’s, Twins emerge, Mets unchanged

The A’s and Twins have emerged as possible landing spots for free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Martino, Jan. 27), who could be willing to play multiple positions, according to his agent Scott Boras (Gammons, Jan. 15).

The Mets continue to see Drew as worth only a one-year deal (Martino, Jan. 27). Similarly, Red Sox are still considering re-signing Drew, but prefer to give him just a one or two-year deal (Martino, Jan. 27).

Drew has been reportedly seeking a three- or four-year contract worth as much as $12 million a season.

The Yankees are unlikely to pursue Drew, after spending $155 million on Masahiro Tanaka, according to league sources (Martino, Jan. 27).

99 comments
eric88
eric88

Twins have a much bigger payroll then usand have been spending. I think he goes there.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

ehh, he's injury prone and his bat is nothing special

jcain316
jcain316

I am actually surprised we haven't heard/waiting for the daily headlines of the Chone FIggins sitings.  Then all the Mets fans on here can "discuss" the Tejada vs FIggins battle for starting spot come spring training.

jcain316
jcain316

Drew is an upgrade, anyone that thinks otherwise is a dufus.  Also anyone that thinks we will trade for a STUD $15M-20M contract player this year is a dufus.  I think everyone is just sick of the continuous Drew/Ike non-updates every day.  We have a great foundation and are going in the right direction.....in 2015 and 2016  Everyone says they will boycott Citi Field but thats BS too.  I will see you all there cheering for 2015.  LGM!

mike23
mike23

mets will screw this one up and lose Drew over a couple million and than watch Tejada and his weak hitting, unmotivated self do little for the mets in 14'. Time to step up mets, if Drew is healthy and ready to go you have to upgrade SS as mets offense has too many unknowns to go with Tejada. Drew isn't a great player but he's been a good offensive SS and can play defense as well. 

hashburry
hashburry

The Mets are terrible in the middle infield with no prospects in sight.

k1200s
k1200s

If the Mets can sign Drew to a 1 year deal fine, two at most.  Going to a fitness camp may be just what some of the guys need.  Not so much to lose weight but see how to get in really great shape and how to eat right.  None of us know what kind of diet some of these guys grew up on.  I'm fine with Tejada at short up until he shows he can't handle it.  I think we will see a much better Tejada this year.


The Wilpons don't have winning as their first priority with the Mets.  It would appear getting and keeping money is priority number one.  They are too dumb to realize that a winning team would bring greater wealth.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Maybe the Mets should have their bloggers on site at the Michigan fat farm that currently houses several members of the 40 man roster.  Aside from the fact that it's beyond bizarre that the Mets need to sequester members of their team to teach them how to eat, it would also provide this blog with much needed new material.  We could post the lunch menu, do interviews in the sauna and see video of Lucas Duda eating salad.  Most importantly, it might put an end to the Stephen Drew exercise in voyeurism.  

Metsnow
Metsnow

Highly unlikely they will sign Drew based off of history and what their game plan is.....which is not spending and acting like a franchise from Iowa. This is incredible what the Wilpons are doing to this team. We haven't had a competitive team in YEARS!!!. What are they waiting for?? For no one to show up at Citifield. I refuse to spend my money and watch a team where ownership is basically saying screw you. This is a disgrace. Looks like another year where we all can say Wait til next year.

bockers
bockers

Stop the insanity! The Mets will not sign Drew.They may add bullpen help but they are not spending $$$$$$.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

I hope that when Drew signs with another team and then the Mets give their usual excuses that the media rips them a new one. Tejada is not the answer and people need to stop trying to convince us otherwise

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

They should go to 2 years before letting him walk away. If someone's actually willing to go to 3 or even 4 years, fine, let him go. But a 2-year deal for him at a reasonable salary would be a great signing for Sandy.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

It sounds like at this point Drew can be had for 2 years at 11 or 12 million per year. Since I am not a Tejada fan, I would offer him that 2 year deal in a heartbeat. If I were David Wright, who would I want to see standing to the left of me for the next two years, Ruben Tejada or Stephen Drew? That answer is an easy one. Drew is a nice enough upgrade to warrant the move and he has played on a World Series winner. Winning players are contagious snd he will rub off on the young guys with his winning attitude. What is Tejada bringing to the table after his trip to fitness camp? A young player should already be in a shape and prepared to play. I want ballplayers, not pouting, pudgy guys who's heads are not in the right place. Drew is another step in the right direction. He comes prepared to play... sign him.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

They should rename the Mets the "Peeping Toms".  They don't do anything but they like to watch.   

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

The one thing Alderson is good at is having patience. He demonstrated that poorly with the Chris Young signing but for the most part he is good at waiting. Drew wants a 3 year deal and probably wont get it but Boras is stubborn. Alderson knows the only way to get him down to 1 or 2 years is to wait him out until they get desperate. Its the only way to squeeze value out of an un-valuable situation. Now i know this comes across as obvious to many people, yet there are still so many comments venting frustration about the Mets not grabbing the bull by the horns in the Drew sign. Thats not the way to do things here and thats not the way the general managing process works. 

madison1
madison1

if steven drew is up grade over tejada why wont the  mets off him a  2 year contract .Bring back reyes.

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Pretty much fed up with this whole saga.

Stan Ruck
Stan Ruck

Giving 10+ million a year for a .250 hitting shortstop. Doesn't make sense. 125 K's in 450 ABs. I spend the money elsewhere and take my chances Tejada will grow up. Marginal upgrade at best.

Bud Britton
Bud Britton

Please sign in Oakland who then have 4 shortstops so we can take a shot at Lowrie?


worst rumor ever, must be nice dreaming in blue ray...


Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Sound like a brokend record but let him go . Not interested their will be better out there during and after next season sometimes its better to pass then make the wrong signing. I get it you can't win with Tejada but we are not yet to that level to compete so why sign this guy. If we were one ss away i could see it but why over pay this guy.

MMIAA
MMIAA

OK lets put an end to this The Mets are not in on Drew. Saying you will give one year when the player wants 3 means you are not in. Especially when the player has other options. So pretty please with sugar on top stop the Drew updates. Its annoying.  

Kyle Munroe
Kyle Munroe

I don't think drew is the end all be all but if we can add him that solidifies our infield (besides 1st) which we can either make a trade for or add next offseason along with making a big trade at the deadline for an outfield bat we have a solid team. Drew is not the answer to all our problems be he is 1/9th of a solution. If Lagares Improves along with TDA and they become positive WAR players we have a good team in 2015. Imagine we can pulmamtrade at the deadline for Cargo. Maybe Niese, Murphy, Montero and plawecki for cargo. We sign Billy Butler who is a free agent next year and we have a top 10 lineup.

1. Drewv SS

2. Flores 2b

3. Wright 3b

4. Cargo LF

5. Butler 1b

6. Grandy RF

7. Lagares CF

8. TDA C

9. Harvey

1. Harvey

2. Wheeler

3. Thor

4. Colon

5. Gee

All we would have to do is make the one big signing of Butler in the 2015 off season along with the mid season 2014 trade for a power outfield bat wether it be cargo or someone else of that caliber (as long as they can hit for average as well as power) and make a few nice bullpen signings and we compete for the NL east next year 100%.

So while I agree with everyone that Drew is not the answer to everything and isn't going to single handedly make us a playoff team he is a solid veteran Major League Baseball player which is something you can't nessecarily say for tejada. 2 more solid offensive additions and we have a winning team and something we haven't seen in a long time on this team, 9 major league caliber baseball players on the field.

capnclutch
capnclutch

Sign drew to avoid having tejada hit 200. ahain

Mike Arnone
Mike Arnone

Tejada is a garbage what is wrong with everyone drew is much better

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

not worth the money and the 83rd pick in the draft for such a minimal upgrade. PASS!

Andy
Andy

Why is this guy being hyped up by the Mets as if he was Aroid in his prime?

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

In all honesty, I hope Drew signs somewhere else soon so that this speculation ends. How many more times can we hear about this? At this point, it would be perfectly fine to give Tejada a good look in spring training. He is younger, cheaper and seems to have gotten the message about hard work and staying in shape. If he continues to mature as a player, he would actually be a better fit for the Mets and their ballpark. They need contact and OBP from shortstop, and a healthy, focused Tejada can give them that. Also, if Tejada doesn't pan out, next year's FA shortstops look pretty interesting. Why block that potential with a mid-level player like Drew?

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@MacacawitzEven more bizarre to me is how many fans are defending a 24-year-old middle infielder that needs to go to fat camp in the offseason (twice) to stay in shape, over a guy who is a much better fielder, was top 10 and top 5 amongst SS in homers and RBIs last year (respectively), and just won a WS.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Victor TrigueroIt depends on how much he signs for. If he signs anywhere on a 1-year deal, then I'd say you're right, and they probably will get ripped a new one by both the media and the fans. If he signs for 3-4 years anywhere though, I think they'll get a pass.

mets2014
mets2014

@madison1 they may have offered him a 2 year deal, but he may have a similar offer from boston...drew probably has a self imposed deadline in his mind before he settles for a short term deal...remember this guy turned down a $14M one year offer and is probably kicking himself for not taking it...I am sure boras is encouraging him to hold out until he has no choice

bklyndude
bklyndude

@madison1

He's clearly an upgrade. 

But for 2 or 3 years at 12m per season,  it's questionable as to how much of an upgrade and how much of a difference he will truly make.

zoddie
zoddie

We can't win with the Tejada of 2013. We CAN win with the Tejada of 2011 and 2012. Depends which Tejada shows up.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

We are not trading Niese who is a young lefty to mix in the rotation. We are not trading Murphy as he is our second basemen and is our second most consistent hitter behind Wright. We already have 4-5 outfielders as it is. We do not need another. Cargo is not leaving Colorado anytime soon. He is to them what Wright is to us. It would take a hell of a lot more than that offer you made. Also, Billy Butler would do us no good as he can only DH and play first. Hence why he is in the AL! He can't play 130 games in the NL at first. Not in the NL at least.

As for the Tejada vs Drew... Of course you cant say the same for Tejada.. Hes 24 years old. You can't compare an inexperienced 24 year old kid to a 30 year old veteran. Your argument would get nowhere

Gland1
Gland1

@baseballnblues Isn't it kind of silly to not want to improve the team because Metsblog posts about a player too much?  

mystere24
mystere24

Drew's OB% is higher but not by much. However, his Slugging % is much higher.

jcain316
jcain316

@arc34 @jcain316 yes...I am not delusional enough to think we will have a WS caliber team in 2015.  We are working towards it but until we solidify the 1B and SS position we will be a 85 win max team in 2015

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@Gland1@baseballnblues Forget Metsblog...that's just a way to communicate with fellow Mets fans. I don't care, nor do I agree with everything they put here. In my opinion. Drew does not in any way improve the Mets. It's that simple to me. The Mets are better off with Tejada at SS, if you look at all things considered.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@mystere24 But how many wins does that really equate to? The Mets need contact and a glove at SS.  Also, I put more stock in a talented human being fighting for his baseball life than I do in any statistic you throw at me. I'd take the talented guy with his back against the wall any day over an overpaid, mid-level talent who just signed a multi0million dollar contract. That's just my take on it. Human nature is also a factor - ballplayers cannot be judged on stats alone.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@baseballnblues@Gland1

How are they "better off with Tejada"? Name one thing in a baseball diamond Tejada can do better than Drew. Fielding? No. Contact hitting? No. Power hitting? No. OBP? No. They're about even in speed on the basepaths, and everything else goes strongly to Drew.

The only thing Tejada has going for him is he's cheaper. But that would only matter if the Mets were going to be in on any higher-end free agents anyway, which it looks like they're not.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

@Eddie_Dean not to mention Tejada would make a greqt back up infielder in comparison to Quintinilla.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

Drew is a much better "glove" than Tejada right now. Better contact hitter as well. And although talent is a hard thing to quantify, if you asked me which of these two is the more "talented" ballplayer, I'd say it's Drew in a heartbeat. Also, I have seen absolutely nothing out of Tejada to lead me to believe he's finally "got the message." They had to send him to a "conditioning" camp (read: fat camp) TWICE this offseason. That means the Mets paid for him to get into shape, only for him to fall out of it again at least once already this winter. And we'll see what kind of shape he's in come Spring Training. It may have happened again.


I wouldn't go more than 2 years at around $10 million per for Drew. But if Sandy could get him at that contract, that'd be a steal in the current free agent market, and would make the Mets such a better team, especially in the field.