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Shortstop Rumors: Mets like Drew, but not for 3 years, turning to trade market

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).




301 comments
steve333
steve333

Let's try that again

They don't want to give 3 yrs but 2 yrs for a 40 yr old pitcher is fine?

steve333
steve333

They don't like 3 yrs but 2 yrs for a 40 yr old pitcher is fine

idiots

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

DONT SLEEP on a Cubs trade.. 

--When it comes down to it the Cubs also are shrewd with pay roll and they love their SS stud  Baez in the minors who hit 37HR and 110RBI in last year..who is blocked by a big contract in Castro.. They also want to move Samardzja and want to upgrade from the .200 hitting no HR bringing Barney at 2B....and we need a SS and a SP and want to move a 280 hitting 8HR 2B Murphy.. it is a great fit..  Castro makes 15mil less over next 3 years than what we would have to pay for Drew and he is only 23.. he bats 2nd and we can solidify EYjr at 2B and leadoff.. Murphy and Samardzja cancel out on payroll and we add only 6mil with Castro 

TRADE: MURPHY/MONTERO/PUELLO/ROBLES for CASTRO/SAMARDJZA

This solves 5 issues... 

1-Leadofff

2-SS

3-final rotation spot

4-keeps payroll under level

5-Leaves us $ to finalize bullpen (Perez?)and upgrade 1B (maybe Moralaes or Morse)

mcreynolds
mcreynolds

Though I'm happy we got Granderson and Colon, you've got to be kidding me right?! We've been hearing for years that this is going to be our season to go out and spend and aquire a winning team/era...what if two years ago they told you that that would encompass getting Colon and Granderson????? Jeez, thanks...ugh.

Anthony T. Marra
Anthony T. Marra

I like the idea of Ike for Jean Segura from the brewers. its a gamble because Brewers don't know what Ike they are getting and this is Segura's second full year as starting SS, so we don't know what we are getting for a bat, but he has speed, 44 SB's last year, and a nice defensive glove. I think this trade makes the most sense

anymos
anymos

I wonder who they're thinking of if we're looking trade, or if this is a just a tactic to try and force drew's hand a bit and see if he really will go back to Boston if he can only get two years?  Perhaps the Ike trade gets a pitcher we can use to flip for a SS?  There's really not a lot of great options out there.  JJ Hardy?  Lowrie would be nice but i didn't think he was available.

cadillakos
cadillakos

It makes no sense to me at all that the Mets wouldn't offer this guy three years.  Despite the "report" above I gotta think Drew is holding out for a fourth year, not a third year. 3 years for a 31 yr old SS is reasonable, but 4 is too much.  It's not like we have an ace SS prospect that's sniffing MLB in the next three years.  And the third round pick?  Better to have a SS right now that adds value to the team on the field.

Paul_C
Paul_C

Trade for Reyes.

mcreynolds
mcreynolds

I don't see how we really are that much better... sure we added grandy, which im thrilled about, but honestley wheres the rest of our lineup? same ss, same lack of a firstbaseman, no real leadoff hitter...oh and no Harvey, which you mentioned, but your putting a lot of faith into Bartolo Fernandez, I mean Colon. NO power in RF or at First base. Winning teams have great pitching, but they also have to score runs

ponzies86
ponzies86

Good not jumping on Drew, Average player at best and wants too much $$$. Mets can get lucky and trade for someone. 


Also I like the Colon deal, Solid starter with 3 years of good pitching in the AL so imagine in the NL? Besides I like this deal rather than signing Hughes or Kazmir ( inconsistent ) 

GeorgeStorkTheodore
GeorgeStorkTheodore

Suggested this before.  Find takers for Ike and Duda and even Murphy for a chance to sign Kendry Morales for 1B and platoon EY and Flores.  Make a run for a young shortstop as we have no chance at landing Drew!

beerfinger
beerfinger

Headline: "...Mets like drew, but not for 3 years..."


Body Copy: "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."


oh Metsblog...

robzilla
robzilla

What on earth does this sentence say? "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"


What is a "two or three years" when you are saying the Mets will only offer 2? Seriously...

Eli Battistoni
Eli Battistoni

For all you people who have sat here and complained, complained and complained about not spending any money, I have one word for you...STOP!  The Mets are already a better team than they were last year.  Think about it, no more retreads like Cowgill, Baxter, Brown, and awful prospects like Kirk, and den Dekker.

The Mets significantly improved their OF this season.  Colon is a bridge gap for when Harvey comes back.  Look, our rotation is deeper now with the acquisition of Colon. 

We need one more bat for this team to be contenders.  I truly believe it.

jjong
jjong

Alderson walked in MIL suite when the MIL reporter was there.  Possible Ike trade?

Michael Gibbs
Michael Gibbs

Those who suggest Murphy at first need to stop with that idea.  We are fortunate he is serviceable at 2nd base.  Forget 1st. been there tried that.  He plays a better 2nd and his offensive stats make up for his lack of D at that position.  

Freddie Morales
Freddie Morales

There's not much available in SS market. I would rather keep Tejada and find another OF and sign Kendry Morales. Trade for Ichiro. Absolutely no risk with him, he can play RF and lead off for mets. Sign Kendry to play 1B and bat 4. I assume that signing morales would require mets clearing salary by trading Murphy Duda n Ike. Get what you can for Duda & Davis. Hope mets trade Murphy to Royals for Tim Collins n Bubba Starling. Put EY/Flores at 2B. Ichiro, CY, wright morales grandy Flores DArnaud Tejada.

Another option would be to sign infante to play SS. 3 years, 25.5 should get a deal done. Then they can keep Murphy.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Not that the Mets were ever going to sign Drew anyway, but Jody Mac on WFAN (subbing for Benigno & Roberts), just said the Sandy put the Kibosh on Drew this morning. I didn't expect us to get him anyway based on the fact we needed to free up some payroll - which is actually comical since we are already in the bottom half of the league in that department. Anyway, looks like Drew was just a pipe dream and unless there is a trade made, we will be looking at Ruben Tejada for another year. That should be fun...

Metropolitan
Metropolitan

Oh we don't need a SS,they got no money for that now...we got a 40 year old  pitcher Jabba the Hutt for  2 years 20 mil

David Wright
David Wright

Get Brandon Phillips, play Murph at first base and we can live with Reuben at short.

mrmet5744
mrmet5744

Should the Rays decide on trading for Ike Davis, is there any possibility to acquire Yunel Escobar?  


Edward Ayala Jr.
Edward Ayala Jr.

Drew is not worth the money he's asking. He's a marginal shortstop that gets hurt a lot and can't hit. Better off keeping Tejada at short for another year and sign a free agent shortstop next year.

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

@mcreynolds Well i somewhat agree.. I would say hmm Grandy sure 40 HR CF sure.. But Colon  would be like idk  for 20mil? But in this situation we just need a inning eating 2 yr guy until HArvey gets healthy or Syndergard emerges.. so not a bad move for the situation.. 

I do not like Cyoung.. if you told me 6yrs ago e may get him sure. but he has gotten worse every year since his best season in 2007 and one after in 2010.. he is a bust . and we are wasting time and $ we could have used on a guy like Morales who is proven to be a legit hitter.. even if Morales got a 3 yr 10 per year its still a guy who will hit 275/20/80 on the regular and can play 3B/OF/1B so you have more options and they are the same age.. so for about 3 mil more I would have opted for a more legit guy for 3 yeas who we can count on. not a use to with some speed and a decent glove who bats 225

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Segura is so much better than Ike though. We would have to include Montero to make that deal realistic.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I'm hoping we can get Chris Owings from Arizona. He is young and athletic, with a very good OBP and OPS in AAA. I would offer Montero for him.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

His contract is horribly backloaded. 22 mil per year for the last 3 years of it.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Colon was a great signing, as was Granderson. I really wish they had brought back Byrd instead of signing Chris Young. Byrd is a much more legit #5 hitter.

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@anthony G. Decesare it's kind of a catch22 if you ask me. i don't think the mets can compete with this lineup. but i think to maintain "flexibility" (other than having money to spend at all times), the best way is to not have too many contracts coming off the books at once. of course sandy signing drew on a 3 year deal would space all 4 of his contracts out perfectly (to end in each of the next 4 years) but we'll see what he does.


i'm not too sold on drew yet, but i'm honestly not sure. i've heard some boston fans are very scared of losing him, but that doesn't necessarily mean we should be in on him. so far, i've built enough trust in sandy to get the right move done

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

LOL...I read that too. What does that even mean??? If you like him, sign him. If not, move on...

xavier22
xavier22

@Henny Cognac My view is, as long as Jeff Wilpon is COO, the Mets are headed in the wrong direction.  So I guess my vote will always be "no" going forward.

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@Henny Cognac no idea. colon gets signed and suddenly everyone is all optimistic? ok nice move, points for and against, but how does that change the mindset of the fanbase. are they so easily swayed. we'll see how long the fan confidence rating stays up there at 26%. my guess is not long.

Mike
Mike

@Henny Cognac They signed Granderson!!! Didn't you pop your champagne like everyone else did for a 240 hitter? The Franchise is saved!

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@Eli Battistoni fill the holes in OF, SS, and 1B, then talk to me. a job isn't finished til its finished. do you leave work halfway through your day and feel accomplished?

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@Freddie Morales yeah not sure why infante hasn't been tossed around for ss but why not? better than tejada at least. maybe not the best option but better than what we have

Gene Kim
Gene Kim

I like this, and it sounds like a solid lineup and acquisitions. I just honestly don't see this happening, plus Yankees would never trade with the Mets.

mrnegative
mrnegative

Sandy likes to say one thing to the media and think something completely different behind closed doors. Sandy could be posturing. Not reveal his hand in public.

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

@kenmetskni I agre.. Segura is much more valuable than Ike.. and younger .. I would trade Degrom/Ike/Flores for him.. he goes to SS and becomes our leadoff hitter for next 5 years at a great price allowing us to sign Morales for 1B .. and another OF maybe add Hart next year or Cuddyer or rasmus

Hodges14
Hodges14

@fuwilpons Who cares?  They are finally spending on talent for the field and in the end that's the only thing that matters.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I voted Right Direction for the first time ever. I did so because I see the FO spending significant money to address areas of need. I agree there is a long way to go, but they have begun to take steps forward. They have added a top of the rotation starter and a power OF bat. Also, they have done so without giving up any of our young pitching talent so far.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

He could hit 200 for all I care. If he scores 100 runs and drives in 100 runs I will take it. Runs produced is the bottom line.

bigdirty
bigdirty

@fuwilpons well he didnt get caught for anything last year and won 18 games so maybe he wasnt doing it...honestly even if he is doing it, i dont care anymore. I am tired of only our crap players doing PED's. Lets get some of our better players doing them...

Eli Battistoni
Eli Battistoni

@fuwilpons If he is 75% of last year's production.  It will be a good signing.  It's a small commitment for a guy who's 40.  Only two years!