Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Rumors: 5-6 teams showing interest

Free-agent Stephen Drew is drawing interest from five or six teams, according to his his agent, Scott Boras (Cafardo, Jan. 12).

Drew’s market may be depressed due to concerns about his medical report, a team official recently said (Martino, Jan. 7), although Boras disagrees and believes Drew has a market for his services (Cafardo, Jan. 12).

The Mets and Red Sox seem reluctant to offer Drew more than a one-year deal, although New York continues to be the most logical suitor for him right now (Rosenthal, Jan. 5).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Again… the Mets like Drew, but only to a point. My understanding is they will find a way to sign him to a one-year deal, but they’re reluctant to go beyond that because of next year’s free agent market and having a long-term third baseman and a very productive second baseman. And, when all is said and done, if Drew is weighing multiple one-year offers, MLB insiders expect he’ll take Boston’s and stay with the World Series champions.

That said, keep an eye on the Twins, Blue Jays and Astros, I was recently told by someone familiar with Drew’s market, since these teams have money to spend a need for a player like Drew. Plus, as I said last week, it’s typical Boras to pit two big-market teams (like the Red Sox and Mets) against one another in public, all while using it as leverage to get a third team to overbid and get a deal done in the dark. This continues to smell like one of those situations.

84 comments
beatseven
beatseven

Scott Boras playing one team against another? Shocking! 

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

The Blue Jays?  I noticed there was no source behind that.  Why would the Blue Jays want him?  Do they plan on making the Kaz Matsui mistake?  Move Reyes to Second discplacing Goins to make room for Drew at Short?  If that happened, a year after Jose was shipped from Miami to Toronto, I would assume Reyes would try and mandate a trade back to NY...won't happen and I'm assuming there's no real source behind any Blue Jays interest...?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

The Blue Jays?  I noticed there was no source behind that.  Why would the Blue Jays want him?  Do they plan on making the Kaz Matsui mistake?  Move Reyes to Second discplacing Goins to make room for Drew at Short?  If that happened, a year after Jose was shipped from Miami to Toronto, I would assume Reyes would try and mandate a trade back to NY...won't happen and I'm assuming there's no real source behind any Blue Jays interest...?

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Drawing Interest in Drew is one thing....And, Pursuing is another. Got to be careful and listen to Boras's words carefully.

slainte2
slainte2

Drew has had some mediocre years along with some good ones, but its not terrible to have the two lefties at SS and 2B each being backed up by Tejada who has done well against LHP ... Drew and Murphy each have some tough splits against LHP.  I would give Tejada say 40 starts against LHP between the two positions.  Keep them the starters fresh, protect Drew/Murphy from too much LHP abuse, and give Tejada some time.

Rick Rimpici
Rick Rimpici

The post is inaccurate. In Cafardo's article, Boras is quoted as saying, "There are five or six teams who I have actively talked to concerning Stephen." He is Drew's agent, of course he has spoken to several teams about his client. That doesn't mean any of them actually have interest, and in fact, the article doesn't imply any of them do. So, status quo on Drew... Boston and Mets interested but unwilling to overpay, Boras try to generate a market. Neither appears inclined to blink at the moment.

slainte2
slainte2

it was pointed out that we have no SS in system coming up, and doubtful this ownership is spending big for a stud SS next year (even if available).  Why not lock up an average plus + SS for more than a couple of years.


I would take advantage of this year's pathetic payroll, and offer a front-loaded 3 year contract ... 12/10/5 would be 3 years for 27M, contingent on NO no-trade clause.  If he provides some  plus-WAR value over next year and a half, flip him in year 3 for a contender desperate for a SS.  A decent vet, premium position, low salary in year 3 might be enough to turn into a prospect down road.  Alternatively, you keep him, and have SS for 3 years at 9M AAV, which is Fangraphs value for a league average SS giving 2.0 WAR or so.

Anthony Mastantuoni
Anthony Mastantuoni

Yea, and it Scott Boras were my agent he'd say there were 5-6 teams interested in signing me and I am a 49-year-old broken down ex-Little Leaguer.  Hmm, since I work cheap, I might just get a call from the Mets :-)

hashburry
hashburry

"They will find a way to sign him to a one year deal"  What does that even mean?  Can this "analysis" be any more confused?  

sylow59
sylow59

Granted it is a third rouund pick, but why waste it on a one year deal?  It's not like he will get them to the playoffs.  It's not like they have someone in the minors one year away.  And do you really expect him to not take a QO from the Mets given his experience this year and next year's "bumper crop"?  It makes no sense whatsoever.

Frank D
Frank D

I see a lot of hate on Boras.  Does he really deserve it.  The guy's job is to get the most money for his clients, and he is the best at it.  Teams don't have to sign these deals.  Boras knows how to sell a product.  You have to respect a guy who is this good at what he does.  

TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

Something must be wrong with him. It's almost ST and no one has signed him. Better off staying away at this point. Damaged goods. 

ctdad
ctdad

If Boras gets someone to over pay for Drew - and based on Boras' history, he likely will - that team will regret it.  most teams that sign a Boras client end up regretting it.  Sign the player on your terms or move on.

Robert Hess
Robert Hess

What ????  The Met's are a big market team - with their payroll near the bottom.  If you have nothing to say say nothing at all or say the same thing over and over again  Jeeez !!

sylow59
sylow59

I've been living at the South Pole for the past few months. Thanks for the news.

Muhammad Gretzky
Muhammad Gretzky

Hold firm. Possibly a ruse make the Mets outbid themselves.

Tom Yorke Sr.
Tom Yorke Sr.

Scott Boras resides somewhere between a master salesman and a bold face liar so take anything he says with a grain of salt. He told both the Phillies and Braves that Kevin Millwood and Greg Maddux each had multi-year offers on the table in 2003 and 2002, respectively, and neither did, requiring them to go to arbitration.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Matthew,


I don't get why you are so high on the next year - 2015 Free agent class. There aren't very many good hitters available, in fact there are less than this year. So the mets already missed the boat on a marquee name. The best 2015 FAs are pitchers which the mets do not need!

owlnut
owlnut

Why are you re-posting the same item over and over again? If you don't have anything new to say, don't post anything. Or say you have no new news.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

What is Matt talking about?  What does having "a very productive 2b" have to do with Drew?  Murph is fine...but he's not, "very productive".

drmetfan
drmetfan

Boras is the one creating a market for Drew. Other than that there isn't one. Alderson, Stick to your one year offer. Also, I don't see the Blue Jays getting involved with Drew. They already have a SS and a very good one. Our SS.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Boras is the master of making markets out of no markets at all. i am sure early on teams called he can say they are still interense hense there are your 5 or 6 teams they bring up Drew's name they are interested according to Scott. I do not care i hope we do not get him . I think we will go for a ss for the future who is young and can be under team control longer .  i would not over pay for Drew. if he willing to take the same deal he did last year maybe 1 yr 9.5 at most.

mingo
mingo

According to his agent?

When have they ever been known to speak truth when money is on the line?

I tend to believe Matt's analysis and that of most sportswriters who say its the Mets or Sox on this one.

His agent is merely trying to scare the Mets. I'm glad they aren't budging.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

This is just too easy for the Mets! Sign Drew! Give him the two years and be done with it. We have nothing in the minors that is going to be ready within 3 years or so. And don't start about the FA next year. No way they pay for them, plus give up a first round pick. And enough with the "tons" of young shortstops in the minors to trade for! 

Michael Weil
Michael Weil

Three of the teams are various independent minor league franchises, one other is from the Korean League, and one or two more are in Taiwan

yankeehater
yankeehater

Seriously, offer the guy 2 years at 7-8 mill per and make that your final offer....and make it public. This way we don't have to get 17 useless updates a day on the fact that NOTHING is happening. The time for playing coy is over....its almost spring training. Put your cards on the table....at the very least you force another team to spend more than they wanted to.

yankeehater
yankeehater

At this point in time, there are people in this world who do not even know what baseball is, who nonetheless know that Drew signing with the mets is a "possibility and not a probability". 

supert
supert

Among many other things, didn't Sandy say that SS was the team's biggest position of need?

nothisispatrick
nothisispatrick

the most conflicting pieces of information in one post i've ever seen

Mark Varian
Mark Varian

Don't mind signing Drew to a two year deal. Just not at 24 mill. more like 18-20 tops!! And that's a stretch. Look at his unhealthy track record. I believe he missed 70 games for the last couple of years?? (Correct me if I'm wrong). Not only that I believe we have a couple of Shortstops starting to make noise in the Minors. Maybe a couple of yrs. away if they keep up the work? Alderson was stupid to get rid of Reyes. Sorry, I know he had an injury track record as well, but still he makes this team that much better.

nthmetsfan
nthmetsfan

He choked so badly at the plate during the playoffs.  Teams have to be leery after that performance.

William Ost
William Ost

Mets need to just sign this guy already!

Garth C Mason
Garth C Mason

= Boras "liked" several MLB team's FB pages. Settle down, Scott.

metstastic
metstastic

@slainte2Who says it is doubtful that ownership will spend big on a stud SS next year? If anything, it implies that they don't want to sign Drew because they will sign a stud SS next year.


Front-loaded contracts makes ZERO sense. If the contract doesn't work out, you would rather someone else pays.

metstastic
metstastic

@sylow59Which is probably why the Mets won't make him a QO if he is signed.

ken1010
ken1010

Sometimes Boras gets a good deal for clients, other times he hurts them, as he did with Johny Damon.  Damon had a decent offer from the Yankees, but Boras did his thing and insisted on more money, and the Yankees moved on and Damon went to Tampa for less than the Yankees offered.   


Boras always tries to get the most for his clients, but he can misread the market.  For at .250 hitter like Drew, he should take what is out there from the Red Sox, if not the Mets.  I doubt he will do better a month from now.

Frank D
Frank D

@TurkWendell4Life I think it has to do more with his high asking price and the fact that GMs want to wait it out until his expectations lower.  It's a smart play for all teams around.  


However, I tend to agree with staying away.  I wanted him early on in the offseason, but seeing next year's crop of shortstops, I would prefer to have one of them.  

metstastic
metstastic

@BringBackDaveTelghe I think Matt's point was that 3B and 2B are blocked. If we sign Drew to a multi-year deal and then sign one of the better free agent SS next offseason, Drew could have been moved to 2B or 3B. BTW, Murphy was one of the top offensive 2B in the league last year. He was very productive.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Plus when they trade Murphy to reduce payroll Cerrone will say that Murphy was a one dimensional player

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Yeah. At this point Cerrone barely speaks English. It's hard coming up with new excuses everyday.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Ron Davis I completely agree that Boras is trying to build up a market where one doesn't exist. But that's his job and he's good at it. But eactly what "young ss" are they going to get? Any that are going to be worth anything AND could be available will start with a Wheeler or Syndergaard plus. You really willing to give that up? 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@nthmetsfan No they don't.  It was a random 3 week sample, don't read into it at all.  The first 6 weeks of the season he was absolutely terrible before becoming red hot for a month.  You can't break a season down into little pieces and pretend it has meaning.

Garv
Garv

@nthmetsfan Should only affect his value to potential playoff teams. Mets should remain interested.

slainte2
slainte2

@metstastic@slainte2

Who says its doubtful they sign stud SS next year ?  nine figure contracts for Hanley, etc.?  i do ...  I think its doubtful. 

Disagree on front loaded contracts ... its all about managing ups and downs of payroll over an extended period.  This year is a down year, and that is something to be taken advantage of.  I might think otherwise if i had any belief that this year's savings would be used in future years.  But i don't.  All back loaded contracts do is rob future team of resources to pay future team's talent.  Front loaded contract would spend money that should be available to pay payroll this year, and make an an asset (good/bad/other) more valuable than if he had a big salary attached.

sylow59
sylow59

@metstastic @sylow59 so why sign him for a year only then?  It makes no sense.  If there were no draft pick involved then sure, one year makes snese.  But you are renting him for one year and losing a pick.  Makes no sense.

slainte2
slainte2

@metstastic  


"Cardinals flash more genius with Peralta's front-loaded contract"

www . mlbdailydish . com/2013/11/30/5154748/ cardinals-jhonny-peralta-front-loaded-contract-mlb