It was reported Tuesday that the Mets are still active in the shortstop market (Cafardo, Dec. 10).
10:00 am: In the event the Mets acquire a starting shortstop, it will likely be through trade and not free agency, Sandy Alderson told reporters before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
9:20 am: Mets like free-agent Stephen Drew, but they prefer he sign a two or three years and they believe he will stay with the Red Sox (Sherman).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This reads to me like, yes, the Mets are willing to give Drew a two-year deal. However, if Drew needs to choose, he’ll take two years from the Red Sox over the Mets. And, since the Mets are not willing to give him a three-year deal, they’re backing off and turning to the trade market, which has not been very active.
8:40 am: The Mets are willing to give up their top draft pick (a third rounder) to sign Drew, but they’ll need to free up payroll to be able to sign him (McAdam, Dec. 10)…
Red Sox are still talking to Drew, and they’d like him to return (Heyman). The Yankees and Dodgers are not interested (Gammons, MLB Network).
The Mets, Twins and Red Sox continue to be talked about as the the most likely destination for Drew, according to people with knowledge of his market (Cerrone, Dec. 10).