Scott Boras trying to engage Mets on clients, have discussed Drew

Scott Boras is attempting to engage the Mets to sign free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew (Crasnick, Dec. 22).

The Mets and Boras have discussed parameters on a contract for Drew, but neither the Mets or the Red Sox want to commit more than one year to Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 22).

Boras is focused on getting Drew signed (Abraham, Dec. 21), but they’re waiting for clarity in the Yankees situation (Gammons, Dec. 21).

Michael Baron, Contributor

While the Mets have been very open about their continued search for a shortstop, I’ve heard repeatedly all winter the Mets are not focused on upgrading at first base. They remain intent on using internal solutions to fill the hole at first, be it with a single player who steps up or in some kind of platoon between Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. Things do change, and clearly, Boras is having trouble developing a market for these clients (regardless of what he says publicly). The Mets would be at least wise to see how their situations play out in the coming days and weeks.

No matter what, it’s hard to see a scenario where the Mets sign both players, even if they can find a taker for Davis and his projected $3-4 million salary. Their payroll is already between $78-83 million, and both players are very likely to get an eight-figure salary for 2014. Even if the Mets could work out contracts which are middle and/or back-loaded, adding both would far exceed the budget they’ve envisioned for next year’s payroll. That doesn’t mean these guys wouldn’t be definite upgrades – there’s no question they would make the Mets a better team on paper.


Boras doesn’t think the market for Morales has dried up (Cafardo, Dec. 22), recently saying Morales is being pursued by both National and American League teams (Morosi, Dec. 18).

As such, it’s possible a team-friendly deal could develop between the Mets and Morales in February or March (Olney, Dec. 13).




440 comments
David Roth
David Roth

Boras is reaching which means the market for Drew is thin.  The Mets should strongly consider a 3 year deal at 10-11mil per.


Tarheel11
Tarheel11

This is so embarassing as a Mets fan! Pathetic! First of all want nothing to do with Morales. And I'm not a huge fan of Drew and I as currently stands, the team won't sign either because of money.  The point is these cheap ........ that own this team are pathetic! We overpaid to get Granderson and Colon. We had to and I'm okay with that. Had to give Grandy the 4th year and Colon the second. So give Drew the third year! Is he worth the 10-15 a year he's going to earn? No! Guess what nobody is! At least you get a quality ML shortstop! And it's not like you are locked in for 5+ years. Who else are you going to get? It's not like you can get the next Derek Jeter in a trade. And why would you give up your young power arms to get a prospect? Don't give up your pitchers! Do you see the Cardinals or Braves doing that? NO!  

You can't live with Tejada anymore. Stop fielding a AAA team! The fact that a NY team is in the bottom third of payrolls is sickening! Stop being the joke of baseball! I'm not saying to spend like the Yankees. But you can't have a payroll of around 120M? Come on! Wilpon sell the team before you lose more money because nobody is coming to see a AAA team!!!!!!

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

I don't like drew at all

Skyking
Skyking

Put an end to the 1B platoon and sign Morales. Trade Davis and Duda for whatever you can get. Signing Drew to more than a year is risky..

Izeaac Izenhower
Izeaac Izenhower

Has EY jr ever played SS? Even if he never has I think he has the athletic abities to have the potential to.

dexx
dexx

I'm appalled by the amount of people who post without doing any research what so ever.  For all of those people who think Drew is average, or we need a SS who can hit, please take a moment to look at Drew's stats as compared to other SS in the league.  Drew is arguable a top 5 overall SS.  He is definitely top 5 or 6 defensively, and top 5-10 offensively.  When you put those two together, he is one of about 5 SS in baseball who play above average defense, and above average offense.  Just so we are clear, he is well above average offensively for a SS, and one of the best defensive SS in the game.  Not sure what most of you are talking about, but if we can land Drew at 3/30, its a steal, and would immediately add 4 wins to our team, putting us squarely in the Wild Card Contender pack for 2014

maxster
maxster

Won't spend, no money, small market budget, not interested, prefer the cheaper guy, dump players making money, no multi year, Mets not interested {even though it fills a glaring need}, wait out the market, no 100mil contracts, etc. It's always about not spending. Give aways, concerts, ethnic nites, booble heads  to replace lack of performance. Wait till 2014, yeah so the payroll can go down again. Lies. I am not coming to Citi. I am not a sucker.

David Wright
David Wright

KEEP MURPH. Asdrubal would be a good fit for Queens.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Not sure about Drew, but the Mets need a SS who can hit. They need another bat. If they don't get it, people will rightly be annoyed -- Colon replaces Harvey. Granderson was a gotta do move to show they did SOMETHING. Half a clap. This was supposed to be the year to get serious. One player and a replacement for Harvey won't do it.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Aren't the Mets the ones that need to do the engaging?

maxster
maxster

Sandy hasn't done a terrible job considering he has to deal with one of the smallest payrolls in baseball. I agree I would give up a pitching  for Didi Gregorious or Chris Owings from AZ. I would definitely then sign Morales and rid myself of Ike, and send Duda to AAA. Margial talents who are a mentally fragile duo.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Drew is a good option but only on a 2 year deal. As for Morales goes? it is not happening.

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Why would the Mets want Morales or Drew? After all, they can actually PLAY - attributes that seem to mean little with the current brain trust.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

If we trade for SS Owings trade Ike for a Thornburg type or a reliever, sign a setup guy like Gregg and sign Morales to a 1/7m or 2/14m that would be one hell of an offseason. If we don't get morales then it's still a pretty darn good job by sandy

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

PAssssss on drew.. waste of money ..  We need a hitter.. we cant score..SIGN MORALES to bat 5th .. we have no 5 hitter !!!  Drew bats 8th on this team .. we neeeeeed a real hitter!!! not a 250 7hr SS 


If we have Duda and Cyoung as 5-6 we will fight it out with Marlins for last place in division ..  bottom line.. 

ponzies86
ponzies86

Make a move Mets ether pick him up or pass! 

Frank D
Frank D

You sound like someone that doesn't really understand baseball.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@dexx  "I'm appalled by the amount of people who post without doing any research what so ever. "


This is a blog, not grad school.

Skyking
Skyking

@dexx Drew is a bad contract waiting to happen. He's a 264 hitter, streaky, injury prone a very good defensive and shows some power but his home will be citi field. I would rather have Tejada for this reason, you know what your getting. Drew you don't know what your getting.

metstastic
metstastic

@dexx SS is a weak offensive position. It doesn't take much to be offensively better. For the same money you can get a 1B that can hit 3x better.

David Wright
David Wright

Wow, the mets have definitely become a pathetic penny pinching joke of a franchise. Won't be seen at Citi Field either until they act like a large market team.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

@bockers sounds about right and I would do it when FLA is ready

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

No! This the Mets. We are cursed. Stanton would blow out his Achilles or hammy in the first month.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Boras is a master at using the media. He is just trying to increase the market for his clients. He will get both players a nice contract somewhere.

metstastic
metstastic

Duda is not going to be sent to AAA with a 2M+ salary.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Montero and a lesser prospect for Owings. We really need a SS who can lead off. Gregorius had ZERO steals in over 100 games last season. If we got Owings, who stole 20 in AAA, we wouldn't have to force EYjr into a starting role just so he could lead off. That leaves Murphy at 2B and Lagares in CF.

Morales would be a nice #5 hitter, but I think Flores should be groomed for the 1B job. I'm ok with a Duda/Satin or Davis/Satin platoon for now, while Flores gets reps at 1B in Vegas.

metstastic
metstastic

I wouldn't sign Drew to more than a one year deal. There will be so many SS options at the trade deadline and next year. By June, we should see what we have in Montero and Thor for a better trade at the deadline.

metstastic
metstastic

Morales has hit 22HR+ in 3 of his 4 full seaons... That 3rd one he was hurt. Dude hasn't shown that yet.

That is the exact reason we should not get Drew... because he is the only option. There will be so many more SS available at the deadline and next off season.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Morales is worse than Duda?! Where did you get that from??? That is a ridiculous statement.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@Jaime Flores wasn't moved because of projection. He was moved because he's slow. If saying "This guy isn't quick enough to play shortstop at major league gamespeed" is projection, then sure, but it was evident to anyone watching him play the field that his range is poor, even for 3B or 2B, much less SS.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I want Owings too. Unfortunately, I've seen nothing to indicate that Sandy has had any discussions with the Arizona GM about Owings. If I've missed something, please let me know.

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

I would love to see Drew but only if we can get Morales first.. thats the truth .. Morales on a 3yr deal would we great ..


Trade Ike for some propects and save on his salary .. 


They should have signed Mclouth and morse ..missed on good value players to play on this squad.. especially when Cyoung shows he is awful we could have used Mclouth in RF and Morse at 1B .. sad the way they manage this team .. 


Cyoung is such a bad signing..

Gland1
Gland1

@ponzies86 Well if they don't pick him up they have passed.  What do you want, some sort of official team press release?

bruceleroy
bruceleroy

@Frank D I think you are wrong, the amount of exclamation points following his insults obviously shows that he knows what he is talking about.

dexx
dexx

@Skyking@dexx  If you would rather have Tejada than Drew, you should not be allowed to watch baseball

paganangel
paganangel

I'm the same way. Everyday I order lunch from the same takeout place. My coworkers keep saying "That place is awful. Why don't you try a new restaurant?", but I tell them "Sure, the food sucks, but at least I know what I'm getting. Some other place is probably better, but who knows? I don't need that kind of uncertainty."

dexx
dexx

@metstastic@dexx Not 3 x better than our 1B, but Drew is 10 x better than our SS offensively and defensively.  What 1B is out there that you would sign?  Morales is a DH, and doesn't hit better than Duda

jasonbay
jasonbay

@kenmetskni I'm totally in favor of this plan.  Owings would be a nice player with upside, who as you say can leadoff with some pop.  I also totally agree with starting to try to find out what Flores can do at 1B.  We should be trying to develop more players and have them peak for us.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@kenmetskni Morales hits a decent number of homers but is going to be 31 next season and doesn't play the field or run well. Players with his profile age terribly and he's going to be looking for a multi-year deal given that he turned down a QO from Seattle. He might be a little better than a Duda/Satin platoon in 2014 but he'd have to be signed to more than that, cost a draft pick (3rd rd, not a huge deal), and burn up money that could provide more of an upgrade at other positions.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I don't like the Young signing either. I do like the other signings though. If we can trade for a young SS/lead off hitter (Owings) I will be very happy. I'd even be willing to give Young the benefit of the doubt. I do like our OF defense now, especially. if Lagares gets to play regularly.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Agreed. What do you think we would have to give up for Owings?

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I like Morales, but I think Flores should be given a shot at 1B.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@xgamblorx@kenmetskniDoubt Morales gets more than a two-year deal, which wouldn't be terrible if they are able to jettison Ike and can rectify the shortstop position. But I'd much rather bring in a good shortstop than sign Morales and roll with Tejada again at short.