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Stephen Drew rumors: Drew wants a three-year deal, Mets only want one or two

Free agent SS Stephen Drew is currently seeking a three-year deal this winter, according to multiple reports this winter.

The Mets remain interested in Drew, and while the Mets and Scott Boras have discussed parameters of a contract for him, they’re only interested in signing Drew to a one or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23, Cafardo, Dec. 22),

Boras is attempting to engage the Mets to sign both Drew and Kendrys Morales (Crasnick, Dec. 22), but the Mets are not focused on upgrading at first base (Baron, Dec. 22).

Boras now wants to get Drew signed (Abraham, Dec. 21), but they’re waiting for clarity in the Yankees situation (Gammons, Dec. 21).

197 comments
dexx
dexx

I think we can get Drew for 3 years $28.5 mill, if we offer it right now.  We would be foolish to let him slip away.  Top 5 WAR among SS last season

wepa
wepa

testing!

barcamets
barcamets

If we sign Morales, I'm calling us the "ny first basemen" with all the basemen on the roster

bigslick
bigslick

Happy Festivas!

Time for the airing of grievances..........

beatseven
beatseven

I believe any rumor concerning any Boras client comes from Boras and can't be believed.

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

Morales was worth 1.2 WAR on Fangraphs. Baseball-Reference had him at 2.7.  Fangraphs is punishing him for being basically a fulltime DH. He will be in the NL so there's no way he's producing a WAR of 2.7. So it's likely to be the low end.


The past 2 seasons he has OBP .320 and .336. His career OBP is .333. His SLG has been .467 and .449 the past two seasons. He has hit 45 HRs. If you like batting average he hit .273 and .277.


So what exactly are we paying for? Forfeiting a 3rd round pick and for 1 year of production that can easily be replicated within the organization. Duda's defense at 1B is fine. You can use your eye test if you want. He won't be going back to the OF where his defense was as awful as imaginable. But if you had Duda's production all year at 1B, it really isn't that far off from Morales. Except Duda is cheaper and won't cost a pick.

David Wright
David Wright

KEEP MURPH and sign Drew. Or, trade for Asdrubal or Owings. That little Kawasaki from Toronto would even be a nice spark plug of energy compared to the Rube.

Michael Jankowski
Michael Jankowski

Brad Houser it won't japorwn drrwa carrer numbers are terriable guy struck out more then Jr has hits in past 2 years won't get more then 59 rbis out of him or even a 260 ba the guys hitting a downward spiral no thank you on drew.

Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen

Give him 3 yrs for crying out loud. I can't stand the ineptitude of this organization sometimes. You got a perfectly good free agent and a clear hole at SS, get it done ! I feel like upgrading SS is an enormously salient issue.

nagel100
nagel100

no one seems that interested in Drew for 3 years.


there a good reason.   he is not worth it.  sure he is better than Tejada.  who isn't.  he won't cost 30-40 million however.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

im all ab the duda satin platoon over davis, but over morales nah, its nice to have a guarantee batting fifth and playing first.  Hes pretty much a lock for 20+ homers and 80+ rbis. I think Duda and Satin can do that but there not a gaurentee especially the rbis.  Ya need a first basemen/5th hitter who can drive in runs not get on base. i want an good rbi man bat there.  To say Duda satin is guaranteed this gaurentee that is crazy.  I think w that platoon the homers and obp should be there but i dont trust them to drive in runs

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Morales won't be a significant enough upgrade at the first base position. Drew, however, will be, especially offensively, where he can actually reach the outfield wall when he hits the ball (Tejada, as we know, can't except off Strasburg in spring training). He will be the defensive presence we wish Tejada was, and his bat, while not great, will be one of the best at the position. Obviously he's not Tulowitzki, but he's far better than most teams' shortstops.

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

Guys Morales is a PROFESSIONAL proven hitter.. he has done it in two parks now and Seattle was a pitchers park.. the guy would be our 5 hitter and protect Grandy for next 3 yrs and he is only 30 coming off 2 years averaging 22hr/75 and 275.. after a broken leg where he had hit 34 hr the year before.. he is gonna be a stready productive bat..and he switch hits.. and can play OF and 1B.. !!!!!!!!


Right now with Duda or Ike battin 5th Grandy will never see a fastball.. why give him one.. when u can get one or both guys up next to K or hit a double play (ike/duda and Cyoung) ..  Morales makes this team at least a threat when coming through 2-3-4-5.. right now its upgraded with Grandy yes but moderately upgraded with garbage 5-6-7-8


BTW could have signed Hart/Morales both: Hart 5mil ..morales 10mil instead of Cyoung for 7.25mil .. rotate both Hart and Morales in RF/1B and used Duda to give them a break when needed.. would have cost avg 7.5 each .but no .. why try something that makes sense..  you would have 2-3-4-5-6 with Murphy Wright Grandy Morales Hart..which would have been very very nice.. Unreal .. 

Morales is a no brainer ..give the guy a 3 yr deal 1yr-9mil 2nd-9.5mil 3rd-12mil so saves us $ first two years but gets it in the end when he will still only be 33!!! he avg's over 10mil a yearfor 3 yrs.. toss in some incentives based on games played and batting AVg or Hrs.. and make him want to be a hitter.. similiar to the HArt deal .. christ.. lets go already .. LOCK THIS GUY UP .. 

Maybe after than talk a 2 yr deal with Drew.. but Morales should be locked up .. 

maxster
maxster

If need be take Morales on a one year flyer. He is better than the crap you have there now.

maxster
maxster

Just give Drew 3 years and settle the position. You could trade him on year 3 , his walk year, if need be. Just get it done will you. It will get you a little closer to contention, more ticket sales.

Sidd
Sidd

Dear Scott Boras,


Want us to take Morales for a year?  Get us Drew for two.  K?  Thanks.

eric88
eric88

Give him 3 years already. Your the Mets not a winning franchise. Just trade him in year 3.

dexx
dexx

Sign him.  He fits our team perfectly

paganangel
paganangel

Can we calm down a little about next year's FA class? I'm really not sure those options are that much better than Drew.

Cabrera is a terrible defender who had one good season, and even that wasn't earth shattering.

Lowrie is a good player, but he's only really had two impressive seasons. I'd say he's probably better than Drew, but not by a great deal.

Hardy has some pop, but has little speed and a very mediocre OBP, and is not nearly what Drew is defensively.

Hanley is awesome, but he's going to get a lot of interest next season, from teams needing a SS and/or a 3B. He could easily get 4x Drew's money (2x years, 2x Salary).

Not saying he's better than those guys (except maybe Cabrera), but Drew is a good player, at least comparable to Lowrie and Hardy, and has almost no market. Unless the Yankees jump in strong, he will almost certainly sign for under market value. I just don't see the Mets getting as much bang for their buck next offseason.

Erik Preuss
Erik Preuss

@Andrew CohenI agree...they have no one in the pipeline who is definitively better, and the upgrade he presents over Tejada can't be overstated. Adding Drew, Young, and Granderson would make for a successful offseason, all 3 would be upgrades over the guys currently holding those spots.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Andrew Cohen Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! I can see if it would take a 5-7 year deal but damn it's a 3 year deal! Stop being a AAA team! 

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@Rob O'Rourke A professional proven hitter with an OPS under .800 and an OBP under .330? I think we're changing the definition of "proven". The only thing he had better than the inhouse options was his batting average. He was mainly a DH. Morales is a no brainer to not get. And here you are trying to get him for 3 years. Nonsense.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Not really a huge improvement over Duda and Satin.

jjong
jjong

I don't think 3 years is best investment. There might not be best player is not currently available. Give him two years at most but I rather see Tejada. If he fails then try to get SS by trade in summer or next winter.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Last yr he had 23 and 80 and the year before that he had 22 and 73, so u jus made this post up

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

@niesesnose because we have a 5 hitter who is close to as good as him ? whats his name ?  did he play a full year in the majors last year ?

dexx
dexx

@jjong You would rather see tejada than Drew?  Weird.  

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Like I said Iike Duda and satin, but there not gaurentees, I jus feel morelas is more of a guarentee and on a 1 yr deal he's worth it

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@Mike Dell Italia He also barely played 1B with an OPS under .800 and will cost a lot of money. Go look at his stats. He wasn't awful, but he isn't any better than the inhouse options.

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@niesesnoseno they won't. they ;haven't before and they won't now. Morales would provide more protection for our big bats then Duda and or Satin

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@Rob O'Rourke@niesesnose That's totally untrue. Duda's defense has been fine at 1B. Morales as NOT been fine at 1B. Please do not change things to fit a narrative. Morales was a DH. He was not good in his limited innings at 1B. He hasn't been good at 1B the past 2 years. Stop thinking he is some massive upgrade. He isn't.

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@SuperDuper@niesesnose I noticed you ignored OBP and SLG. You also ignored how Morales was mainly a DH. You also ignored how bad Morales is on defense at 1B and how Duda actually is quite fine there. So yeah, not an upgrade.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Rob O'Rourke @niesesnose So because someone can play more than one position makes them an athlete? So you're saying someone like David Wright isn't an athlete because he really only plays third and maybe a tad bit of shortstop? The logic is non-existent

niesesnose
niesesnose

Well seeing as Duda hit .240 against righties last year an Satin can easily hit .260 against lefties...yeah, they can put up those numbers. Morales is also a god awful first baseman. Anyway, they're not signing him anyway, there's a much better chance thy sign Drew. Also, Flores can also play some 1B

Rob O'Rourke
Rob O'Rourke

@niesesnose no chance they put that line up.. more like 235-20-60.. and also Duda is not a good 1B.. and Morales is a proven consistant hitter in two parks now.. and he plays 1b-3B-and OF.. so he is an athlete.. he also switch hits.. this guy is the # 5 hitter we need to portect Grandy . with duda-ike-or satin behind Grandy why on earth would any one give him a 40 HR guy a fastball when you have border line minor leaguers behind him tell me that ? or how about a 275 switch hitting 25HR guy.. sounds a lilttle better now.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Except He can't play defense and hasn't played much first base. Also Duda and Satin would put up a slash line more like .250/25 HRS/80 RBIS

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@Rob O'Rourke@niesesnose What is this love for Morales? Are you just ignoring all his numbers and strictly looking at his RBI total? He wasn't that good. You're not really upgrading at all from the inhouse options and Morales was basically a DH. And here you think he can play 1B all year? The guy had a .336 OBP and a .449 SLG. That's it. You're damn right a Duda/Satin platoon can produce that and much more!

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Rob O'Rourke @niesesnose Hes right.. we DONT need nor want Morales.. why do we want a guy who is 30 on the fringe of not even getting on a team? Clearly no team wants him... especially for the asking price. We have 4 first basemen's... We need Drew more than Morales. Morales is a guy who is getting older and has been hurt the past couple of seasons may I add has done nothing besides 1-2 good seasons and thats being considerate

The 4 first basemen's are as follows


1. Ike Davis

2.) Lucas Duda

3.) Josh Satin

4.) Daniel Murphy (if he had to)


Its a lot easier said than done to just trade away Davis/Duda/Satin.. you need to get something back via cash considerations or players. They won't cut 3 first basemen's who are much younger and in better shape for a guy of Kendrys Morales caliber.. he can barely stay afloat in the MLB now.... lol