Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Rumors: Is there a chance for the Mets to squeak in?

The market for free-agent SS Stephen Drew is shrinking, the Red Sox feel they have all the leverage in negotiations and may soon make a one-year, take-it-or-leave-it offer (Abraham, Dec. 27).

The Mets have reportedly shown interest in Drew, as well. However, they’re only interested in signing him to a one or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23Cafardo, Dec. 22).

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

In early December, Sandy Alderson said, at that point in time, if he was going to upgrade shortstop with a high-profile player, it was more likely to happen with a trade than the free-agent market.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

If the above reporting is accurate, it seems the Mets could still maybe snag Drew with a two-year deal. I believe they’ll consider it, and will surrender their third-round draft pick to make it happen. However, both contracts being equal, I assume he’d take an offer from the Red Sox over the Mets. The Yankees may have been interested, but – as Danny explains at Rising Apple - the Tanaka Sweepstakes likely takes them out of a pursuit of Drew. In the end, I think the Astros could be a quiet player for him and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Scott Boras wrangle a third year from them since Houston supposedly has money to spend and is looking (but still hasn’t) made any significant acquisitions this winter. I think Drew’s market comes down to the Red Sox, Mets and Astros, and with no one seemingly over-excited about bidding up his price…

147 comments
ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

If Boston only offers a one year deal we can get him on a two year deal which would be a perfect fit for us.

Michael Jankowski
Michael Jankowski

Jeff he also k a lot more then he had hits past 2 years no thanks

frankcsalo
frankcsalo

I would just feel happy if the Mets had a major league shortstop opening day

Sign Drew and be a NY team and try to WIN now

There  is no other options at short, so you have to sign him

Erwin Scott Ruerup
Erwin Scott Ruerup

Like I said in another post. The deal you don't make sometimes becomes the best deal you make. Keep Ike and let him prove himself in ST it's not like he can make his value go down.

Jesse DeGiovanni
Jesse DeGiovanni

We have a 19 year old SS prospect Dilson Herrera we got from the pirates for Byrd and Buck. He played in the futures game last year.

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I think if we offer Drew a 2 year deal that could get it done.

hillsideav
hillsideav

Who will be our lead off hitter?

Rocco Schirripa
Rocco Schirripa

The Mets DO have one thing to offer Drew that the Yankees and Red Sox do not. An opportunity to play everyday at SS.

pastline63
pastline63

Funny when all this talk of payroll started at the end of the 2013 season Sandy expected the payroll to be at 105 to 115 million tops. Then again the Johan Santana deal did not happen till January 30, so time is still on the Front Office side before they lose their mulligan. This team is not that far off from competing, pry open the wallets and try not to gag on the mothball smell.

mrdickey
mrdickey

The Mets aren't going to squeak in. I'm not sure if I really want them to, but I could deal with 2 years out of Drew. You'd think it would be easy to upgrade from Tejada, but I guess it's a big challenge for the Mets.

maxster
maxster

If the Mets Payroll was only 100 million, they could have added Cruz and Drew = Contender. Not about Championships!!

maxster
maxster

The Mets will NEVER trade low salary prospects for veterns making millions. Why do you think that they NEVER have traded their abundance of young pitching prospects to fill a need on the Mets roster. What else logically could it be??

maxster
maxster

Folks,

Remember when Sandy first came he was told by the Wilpons that the Mets 140mil dollar Payroll would have to be reduced to 110-115 million. Then later slightly under 105mil, then later 95 to 100 mil, than 90 mil, and now 85 mil. Over 3 years the payroll cap changed 5 times. we can assume that if the Mets young players improve and thus the record, it will be reduced again, because all you hear from Jeff WILPON is his goal is to be COMPETITIVE to sell tickets late into the season. CHAMPIONSHIPS IS NOT THE WILPONS GOAL!! I believe the better they get the lower the payroll will get. They run it as a business to the true extent and thus it is all about the bottom line. Nothing else matters!!

dexx
dexx

2013 fWAR for SS with min. 450 plate appearances


1. Troy Tulowitzki  5.6

2. Ian Desmond     5.0

3. Andrelton Simmons 4.7

4. Yunel Escobar  3.9

5. Jed Lowrie        3.6

6. Stephen Drew   3.4**********

7. Jean Segura     3.4

8. JJ Hardy            3.4

9. Alexi Ramirez    3.1

10. Elvis Andrus    2.9


O. Quintanilla   -0.3

R. Tejada         -0.3


Drew was worth 4 full wins more than Tejada & Quintanilla combined

AJF
AJF

Never going to happen  and didn't we draft a shortstop a few yrs back?

MetFanSince68
MetFanSince68

Maybe the Mets can work out a trade with Colorado for Tulowitzki. Offer them Flores, Montero and Ike. Mets pick up 100% of contract.   

niesesnose
niesesnose

I think we have to move Ike first to free up some money. I wouldn't be surprised if Ike gets dealt soon.

pastline63
pastline63

@Rocco Schirripa The play time is also an important factor for a great deal of free agents, but Boras has to bend a little the market is getting sand dry for him quick.

mrdickey
mrdickey

@pastline63 

I think a 105-115 million dollar payroll is extremely reasonable considering this is a NY team. It's pretty pathetic the Mets are penny pinching it and kicking it in the 85 million range. It's not necessarily about how much money is spent. It's more important how it is spent, but given the economic climate in baseball/free agency, the Mets need to spend more. It's unacceptable that they continue to lie like this to their fans.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Nelson Cruz isn't very good, actually. The only thing he's ever done well is hit for power, and that would dry up in Citi.He's also a godawful defender.

pastline63
pastline63

@maxster You are right they are not that far off from contending, just a few million off, or a decent trade. or 2

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@maxster They never traded their "abundance of young pitching" people they aren't stupid.. Look how many teams would love to have our staff. Guess what.. PITCHING wins you championships.. not a 40 home run power hitter.. there's this thing called intentional walk which is used most of the time. There is also this thing called injuries. Look at Harvey... he went down and now we had to get Colon... Keep these young studs because you never can have too much pitching


Anyone who says "Trade the young pitching" is literally stupid. Look at the Giants.. they won with their pitching.. and Posey and Sandoval for the offense.. where was there an allstar at every position? Oh wait....

Christian Card
Christian Card

@maxster Makes no sense to trade your young under control pitching. You win with pitching. Save all of it. Look at what some of these average pitchers get on the open market. Its insane.

Nicholas Catalano
Nicholas Catalano

@maxsterWho are the Mets trading and for whom?


And please do not say a pitching prospect for an outfielder. State players.

bruceleroy
bruceleroy

@maxster You know this for a fact how? Do you work in the front office or are you complaining because they aren't following YOUR plan for the team right at this moment? How do you know if they don't want payroll flexibility at the deadline or they are betting that the Rockies go into full rebuild mode and is looking to poach one of their impact bats? You don't know and right now all you want to do is complain because the off season is not moving at the pace that you would like. It i the beginning of the winter and Spring is a long way off. Just have patience and see what happens.

tango01
tango01

@AJF They drafted a high school kid, Cecchini who played in Brooklyn last year. so IF he is our future SS he wont be up in the majors until 2016.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@MetFanSince68 Not only is that a ton of cash. The rockies are not trading tulo.. theyre trying to build around him not get rid of him... trades have to go both ways.. and another thing.. that offer isn't even close to enough for tulo... and others mentioned it would take wheeler or syndergaard (if not both) for him and guess what.. he isnt worth the young studs we have. Sure if he's healthy he may be one of the best in the game. but key words *If he's healthy*

tango01
tango01

@MetFanSince68 Rockies won't even listen to any trade unless Thor or Wheeler are part of the trade.

sylow59
sylow59

@MetFanSince68 Rox wanted Miller, Rosenthal/CMart, Adams/Craig, plus a top 20 prospect from the Cards.  How does your trade stack up to that?

Gland1
Gland1

Yeah like that would be enough. Come on get real with this crap. That's absurd.

David Wright
David Wright

Tulow would bring tons of cash and people to Citi. Do it!

Christian Card
Christian Card

@mrdickey @pastline63 You can stop looking at the final number they spend. The final payroll number doesn't matter. Fact is they need to improve this team somehow regarless of cost. If its a trade that only adds a few $$$ if it makes the team better than that is great. Where should they have spent the money thus far in this off season?

They need to find talent to improve this roster. They need to shed the minor league talent this roster has carried for too long. They need proven major leaguers Spend, trade, shed however that happens.

Albert Dispinseri
Albert Dispinseri

@bruceleroy @maxster 

sorry bro, i'v been patience for 5 years, i want to win today, i'm sick and tired of waiting for the wilpon to MAYBE make some good moves......this is new york, other teams in new york spend money, why aren't we....whats the real problem ????.......go out and pick up the right players to improve the team 100%.....not 50%

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

@bruceleroy @maxster You're delusional if you think there are still some big moves to be made.  Even if they add Drew this team still isn't that good.  

Adam Solomon
Adam Solomon

@Nicholas Catalano @dexx It would be a third-round pick, not first round. First round is protected since they finished in the bottom ten, and they lost their second-round pick signing Granderson.


And when signing free agents, these days ~$4 million per win is not too high at all, and is actually a bit below average.

MetFanSince68
MetFanSince68

@Goorru®Mets @MetFanSince68 Yes I do. They are obviously not going to give him away. But, they also realize that he is injury prone, getting up in age and eventually will need to move to another position. They have to make a trade this year or risk that he gets injured again, further devaluing his trade potential.  

MetFanSince68
MetFanSince68

@Gland1 It's called "AN OFFER". I would assume Colorado would counter if they deem the offer to be "crap". 

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Christian Card @mrdickey @pastline63 Give me names of who they could have signed, or traded for.. none of the good players are available, for instance like a jed lowrie, cargo, tulo, etc... so when you say make trades.. with who? As for signing.. Id rather get granderson for 60MM then overpay 140MM for ellsbury...

pastline63
pastline63

@Christian Card @mrdickey @pastline63 You are right but here is the catch 22, even say a hypothetical trade for say a Braun in aftermath will add payroll to the team, cutting and holding a line in the 80 million range hampers movement when SA stated it was going to be above the 100 mil mark. Now running out and making moves for the sake of it is crazy, but doing nothing is far more foolish and using the Harvey injury as the poster child for apathy is unacceptable.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Albert Dispinseri @bruceleroy @maxster "Other teams in NY spend money" right.. and thats why every New York team sucks right now?


And also.. its easier said than done to just go out and pick up players... or trade for players.. the players AND other teams have to want to come to the Mets or deal with them or even be available.. its not just about what the Mets want or what their fans want.. Half of these Mets fans don't even have a clue about baseball and just exercise their fingers on the keyboard

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

@bruceleroy @Goorru®Mets @maxster It could be in the cards if Sandy and the Wilpons wanted it be.  It's pathetic that some fans like you are ok with throwing away another year.  Especially after they promised us it wasn't going to happen.  

bruceleroy
bruceleroy

@Goorru®Mets @bruceleroy @maxster They can still trade for a SS if they want. It is an option. I think most people don't really believe that signing Drew and Morales make us any good but they want to spend some of the Wilpons money so they think we have a chance. We need another impact bat, SS and Harvey back to be any good to get a Wild Card spot. This year is just not in the cards.

mrnegative
mrnegative

Oh just stop. The Rockies aren't trading Tulo. If that was the case the cards would have got him already. Just bringing his name up is insane and ludicrous.

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

@MetFanSince68 @Goorru®Mets There is zero indication that what you said is true.  The fans love Tulo in Colorado and he is the best shortstop in all of baseball.  Any trade for Tulo would have to start with either Wheeler or Syndergaard if not both.

Gland1
Gland1

People said its better if you explain why you disagree rather than just click a button. So that's what I'm doing. This just happens to be a great example of the kind if trade proposal that didn't merit more than a downvote. I guess we'll try it this way instead since its supposed to be better.

diveinto1b
diveinto1b

@Gland1 

Perhaps you should lobby for downvoting to be reinstated so you, r04, and sylow can get jiggy with it again. You can get a rise out of the little girls again and feel good about yourselves.

Gland1
Gland1

Exactly. But that was just "an offer" so I'm sure he's planning on throwing those guys in eventually.

Gland1
Gland1

That "offer" is so weak why would you even post it? Are you going to then take us through the counter offers? If that was just "AN OFFER" (sure) what would the real deal be?