Stephen Drew (AP)

Stephen Drew rumors: Yankees are considering signing Drew

The Mets, Yankees and Red Sox have all reportedly shown interest in free agent SS Stephen Drew this winter.

The Yankees were supposedly done with major player acquisitions this winter after signing RHP Masahiro Tanaka  earlier this week (Reiber, Jan. 22). However, now that they’ve breached the $189 million luxury tax threshold, they’re weighing whether or not to pursue Drew (Heyman, Jan. 23).

Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has said his client is willing to play other positions, which might make him more attractive to the Yankees (Gammons, Jan. 15).

Meanwhile, the Mets still haven’t ruled out signing Drew to a short-term deal, but they’re patiently waiting for Boras to find a longer-term deal elsewhere (Rieber, Jan. 18). The Mets like Drew, but aren’t, “super hot for him or anything, and they can wait.” (Martino, Jan. 21).

As for the Red Sox, GM Ben Cherington recently said he is still speaking with Boras about Drew, but is comfortable with his club as constructed (Lauber, Jan. 21).

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Yankees have committed about $500 million to new talent this winter, so why stop there? Yankees GM Brian Cashman said last month they were not going to pursue Drew, but I’m never convinced the Yankees are out on a player until he signs somewhere else.

Even so, I still believe the Mets are the best fit for Drew, as they can offer him the best chance to start at shortstop (or anywhere) consistently throughout the life of his next contract.

125 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Good, I don't want to see this guy anywhere near Citifield. I don't think I saw this guy get one clutch hit in 2013. That being said, the deal actually makes sense for the Yankees. Can he play 3B? And Jeter certainly won't be playing 162 games.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

It's going to be fun to watch next off season or/and even heck, this summer to see which way the Mets go with their SS position. So many choices and options. Speed, power, fielding and contact. Which attributes will they go after? This season will tell us.

Edwin Cruz
Edwin Cruz

They will sign everyone if it brings them what Boston has......

Edwin Cruz
Edwin Cruz

The Mets need a shortstop now......They have Ruben Tejada. Enough Said!!!!!

mingo
mingo

Let them sign him, but let's hope we can drive up the price.

The link in the Daily News yesterday made a convincing case to not sign him to me.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Dear MetsBlog, Is there anyway you could skip a day of Stephen Drew stories, unless of course there's a rumor that the Mets, or really any team, is in contract talks with him for real?

jlga
jlga

8 players on the Mets 25 man roster will make baseball's minimum. 8. What more needs to be said? This team belongs in Iowa playing AA ball.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

than you so much Fred, Jeff and Uncle Saul, you all have taken the joy of watching baseball away from so many people, i wonder if  the three of you can be honest with yourselves, look in the mirror and like what you see?

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

that would be the ultimate slap in he face if the Yankees sign Drew!  Wake up Wilpons, you and this team have become laughing stock, is that what you think of your loyal but decreasing fan base? Sign Drew and at least make an attempt at making this team contend!!!

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Hahaha ohhh man, I can't wait until the Yanks miss the playoffs after spending all of this money.  Nothing's a given in this sport, especially when:


You lose your best player

Ellsbury has missed 409 games in his 7 year career; 

Jeter is literally deteriorating in front of our eyes with mediocre backups waiting

Carston Charles has been flat out garbage since he decided not to be a fatasss - and he's lost even more lbs this offseason

Tankaka has never thrown a single pitch in MLB

The HOF closer is gone

#4 and #5 starters might not crack our rotation

Beltran is 37 as of April; Soriano 38

A-Hole is gone for the year (not sure if that one matters anyway) Kelly Johnson hit .230 in '13

Brian Roberts at 2B?  Missed 192 games since 2010

Bullpen was horrendous in '13 and has lost more than its gained this offseason

Farm system is one of the worst, if not the worst, in all of baseball

And oh yeah, 2 teams in the division made the playoffs in '13, 1 of which won the WS


Sorry, I needed a break from reading about everyone's jealousy and figured I'd pump some actual reality into the conversation.  And on the bright side, we won't be the most pathetic team in NYC once this happens.  Actually scratch that, forgot about the Knicks.


eric88
eric88

Don't forget, the Mets Income from all baseball related sources is over 600 million dollars per year!!

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@ Michael Baron - No, No, No...the Mets are not the best fit for Drew.  It is Drew that best fits the Mets.  If I were Drew, assuming all 3 offer a deal.  Who would i pick out of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets?  I feel it apparent that the Mets are 3rd on that list.

archer41
archer41

I liked the comments about the Mets waiting until NEXT season to go after a big time short stop.  Yeah, like that'll happen.  

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Mets should have traded GEE or Niese for Trumbo. I consider them better than Santiago. And used the money spent on Young toward another Pitcher...

sickntired
sickntired

Let's face it, if Yankees want him, they will get him. They get to pick and chose while Mets get left overs or rejects. Wilpons please sell the team!!!!

ponzies86
ponzies86

Drew screw who cares? Hopefully Mets dont bite

Eric Slater
Eric Slater

Even if the Yankees sign Drew, they still need a 2B, 3B, and a closer. 

nagel100
nagel100

ready the article below.  makes perfect sense.  Drew is not worth 10 million   PERIOD.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip.

Drew, Drew, Drew, Drew.

Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip.



This blog is torture.


cmetsfan
cmetsfan

During the subway series, they should just turn out the lights in citifield, try to disguise it with some tall grass or something, and just hope the yankees/their fans get lost/ go away.

Doug Laipert
Doug Laipert

Drew is, at best, mediocre. His numbers arent that great. With next year bringing a lot more SS FAs, it would be a lot better to sign one of them to a long term deal. Bottom line is that we need solid hitters, and Drew is definitely not a solid hitter.

joeknix
joeknix

@Kevin VanTassell What else is there to write about in January?  Photos of Tejada having fun at fat camp . . . or maybe some photos of Mr. Met making snow angels with this most recent front (cough).  Relex, baseball talk doesn't start until Spring Training . . . it's just filler time. 


I for one and naïve enough to hope the Mets can get Drew on a 2 year deal and see the Mets compete THIS YEAR with guys like Wheels, The Gaard, Mejia Mamba, Monte Cristo (that's Montero), Niece and Easy, and Gee Up Hoes Down . . .that doesn't even count the sweet smell of Colon in the lineup.  Yes, cheesy, lame, who cares . . . baseball talk in January is what it is.


Truth be told I want Drew because I think the Mets can be competitive this year and need his pop in the lineup.  It's that simple. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@jlga That's doesn't even include Ike, Duda and Tejada who play like they should be making the minimum.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@rubiconx0 They have come laughing stock to the fans because most of the fans don't have a clue. The rest of the teams are not "laughing" at the Mets right now.. actually theyre probably afraid based on our pitching and the fact that we will have basically 5 aces as our rotation by next year... So why don't you get off this forum

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Yeah the Yanks are the pathetic baseball team. Where the hell have you been the last 20 yrs? I don't like the yanks but get a grip

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@eric88 Forbes calculated the Mets' revenue at $272 million as of March 2013.  The Yankees didn't even crack $500 million.  Way to make up your own number though.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@William John Dwyer You do realize that the Red Sox already have starters in Boegarts and Middlebrooks right? Check them off the list if you want a starting position. The Yankees have Jeter at SS and signed 2-3 infielders this offseason already, I doubt they want another.. and again he most likely would not be starting. No way will Drew play another position when he hasn't left SS in his whole career. So there leaves the Mets with Tejada in the way(lol) and well the SS position would thus be handed to Drew. Which is why he would pick us, because he wants to start.


You can't just look at the team names and be like well the Red Sox and Yankees are better and make that your deciding factor.. Drew wants to start AND wants money. Red Sox are holding the 1 year deal so he most likely wouldn't go there. Yankees have yet to come out and say they are actually considering it so its all speculation at this point. Again, here leads us to the Mets.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@archer41 Tomorrow, tomorrow, I luv ya tomorrow, you're only a day away.  


- New Mets theme song replacing Meet the Mets - 2014.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Michael Suna There's also the part of the trade where the Dbacks sent Tyler Skaggs to the Angels - you know, the entire centerpiece of the deal.  Numb nuts.

If the Yankees offer the same deal to Drew as the Mets, Drew would pick the Yankees over the Mets in a second.  Better team, better stadium to hit in, no way he would choose the Mets. I agree, unless the Mets overpay for Drew which they are not going to do, if the Yankees want him, they will get him. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

 He may be unproven as a closer but David Robertson is a very good reliever.  Time will tell if he can take the pressure of the closer's role but he seems to be a very good candidate.

sickntired
sickntired

Yea but they added Elsbury,Beltran,McCann,Tanaka and now Drew. Compare that with what we got! Please! We are and will continue to be irrelevant.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Doug Laipert You don't know who is going to be a free agent next year.  There are already reports that the Dodgers and Hanley Ramirez are talking about an extension.  The same thing is going to happen with the majority of guys that you are planning for next year.  You can't have a free agency plan that involve signing free agents in future years.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Doug Laipert Compare him to the rest of the SS in baseball and tell me he's still "mediocre at best".  It's a sliding scale and he is very good for the position.

mike23
mike23

@Doug Laipert what if those free agents (which I think is somewhat over rated anyway) decide they don't want to sign with the mets, I'd sign drew for 2 years and than focus on the rest of the problems with the offense the mets have next season. 

jlga
jlga

Look under the headline "Thinking about the Mets 15 man Roster."

jlga
jlga

It was mentioned in a blog post the other day. A third of the roster will make the league minimum.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

@Robby Johnson@rubiconx0so i guess you like to root for a losing team, take your head out of Fred's butt!  F-off!

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Steven Matregrano  "the fact that we will have basically 5 aces as our rotation by next year... So why don't you get off this forum"


I think that's quiiiiite a stretch.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Robby Johnson @eric88 Of course that number is weighed down by the drop in attendance.  There is a very likely potential for the revenue to increase if the ownership puts a winning team on the field.  Some markets don't have that possibility.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@sickntired That lineup won't mean crap if the pitching blows. CC sucked last year, Tanaka has not thrown a pitch in the MLB yet hes already talking about winning... seriously? Go back to Japan please. Oh but ya have Kuroda lol... and Ivan Nova (who?) and then a bunch of guys that I've never heard of 


The Yankee lineup is full of old players.. they are not going to be having hit parades and home run derbies every game. I would not be shocked to see the Mets start the season of better than the Yankees and finish close to them as well. If you think the Yankees will win the World Series this year or even the division, try getting through the Red Soxs pitching and the Rays pitching first.

Kyle Tompkins
Kyle Tompkins

@sickntired That is not the point.  The point is the Yankees have spent half a billion dollars and aren't better than they were last Season.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@BringBackDaveTelghe He's not "very good".  My god do you people know how to read statistics?  There's a sliding scale?  Huh??


The guy had his best season in YEARS hitting in the BEST lineup in baseball.  How'd he do when he was playing for teams similar to the Mets chief?  Go ahead and look up those stats and let me know.

Doug Laipert
Doug Laipert

@BringBackDaveTelghe Just look at his numbers, and that was in Fenway, now imagine what they will be in Citi....

What it comes down to is that we need difference makers, and he is not a difference maker.


Doug Laipert
Doug Laipert

@mike23 Hes too injury prone for this team to give two years. He's just not worth it.

stemog
stemog

@William John Dwyer How is Jeter still a .300 hitter? He's hit .300 once in the last four years. And for $22.5 million, Texiera better hit at least 25 HRs. Plus his average sucks.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@Kyle Tompkins @sickntired keep in mind they are getting back Jeter and Texiera.  It may sound bland at this point.  But Jeter is still a .300 hitter and Tex will still pull in 20-25 HR's.  like any team barring injury, they will most certainly have a better line-up than last season.