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Yankees not interested in Stephen Drew

The Yankees are not currently interested in free-agent SS Stephen Drew, despite Derek Jeter saying he’ll retire after 2014 (Marchand, Feb. 14).

Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, have said he would be able to play multiple positions, specifically second and third base, in an attempt to raise his value.

In regards to Drew, Boras has reportedly been contact with at least the Yankees, Mets, Twins, Red Sox and Astros.

The Red Sox have limited interest, and do not want to give him a long-term deal, according to reports. Sandy Alderson seems to hold a similar view, though Drew clearly fits in better with the Mets, who need a starting shortstop.

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Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

So Red Sox offering 1 yr and they don't need him w kids. Yanks don't want him. Just sign w the mets for 2 yrs and play ball already

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

This is like Beltran all over again. He wants to go somewhere else, is using the mets as leverage, but the industry seems to be telling him to sign in Queens. I can't blame the guy for taking a step back and going "what is this, collusion?" I think if the mets can get this guy on a 1 or 2 year deal and he WANTS the situation, it's a fine move, but otherwise, platoon Satin and EYJ at SS, I don't care, as long as run production comes from 1B and rest of the team.  

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

After all this nonsense with Drew, some other team like the Angels or White Sox will probably swoop in out of nowhere and sign him Tuesday lol..

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

I think Drew would of signed if anyone was going to give in to his demands. So he needs to say where will I play full time and that's with the Mets. He likely will be forced to take the cheaper deal

hankypanky
hankypanky

The FO will be under enormous pressure to win early and often, which means Collins will be forced to over-use his bullpen early in the season. Look for an exhausted bullpen by mid-season. I hope I'm wrong.

hankypanky
hankypanky

GOAL! U.S. 3, Russia 2. who's this Drew character?

georgie
georgie

Look at the Yankees who had 10k less fans in the stadium and see what they have done.......yes we know they are a rich club but give me a break where we do nothing for the  fan base and its a New York media. Unbelievable!!!

georgie
georgie

I  can't wait until the season starts...even thought  the Mets will still win only about 78 games. Yes. 78. Any fan who expects the Mets to put a winning team on with a 87m payroll is smoking funny cigarettes.

Only when Wilpon sees less that 10k fans in the seats will he do something.

dous_nj
dous_nj

All you Tejada bashers just need to pipe down, seriously. Im not advocating one SS over the other, but geez. If he IS the starting SS on opening day, then just suck it up and hope he turns a corner in his YOUNG mlb career. Yes, young mlb career. He's still in his low 20's for cry'n out loud. Dont give me this crap about him having numerous chances either. Thats just foolish talk. He came up and played some of 2011. I dont even think he had 500 mlb ab's in 2012, where he showed some signs of promise of being at LEAST an avg Mlb ss and last year he was out of shape and crap. This offseason he has done everything the organization has asked him to do. The mets didnt even pay his full way in the fitness program in michigan, he had to come out his pockets for half of it. At least he is investing in himself and not just sitting around. Again, i dont have a crystal ball so he could be crap again but some of u idiots are just so dam sure its a wrap for this dude. Just stop

benmetsfan
benmetsfan

They should sign nelson Cruz. This team has absolutely no power. Granderson won't b able to do what he's been doing in Yankee stadium and at least with Cruz we get a real power hitter. Let lagares and Chris young fight it out for center and let eric young and Flores fight it out for SS.

ChuckkieB
ChuckkieB

The bottom line is that if Tejada gets even ONE at bat as the starting SS of the Mets this season, it is a failure of epic proportions on the part of Alderson and this organization.  Yes, it's not realistic to have all star players at every position, but its also not unreasonable to expect a team that's been in rebuilding mode for five years to be able to have at least major league quality players starting at every position.  Tejada has already been given more chances at the major league level than he deserves and has proven to be nothing more than a AAA player at best.  Every game that he trots out as the starting SS of the Mets in 2014 is a slap in the face to every fan who uses their hard earned money to buy tickets to see this team play.  I can see this going the exact same way as it did for Luis Castillo where Tejada will be mercilessly booed until he is literally run out of town.  The Mets are setting him up for failure.  They cannot let this kind of situation arise again under any circumstances. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Says a lot when Collins comes out and says Tejada has to beat out Q for the starting job. I get competition and all that but has to beat out Q? Really? Wow!

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

forget drew who cares if tesja come 3 weeks late maybe that will keep him off team cus at best if he has monster yr it will be 2.60 2 hr 23 rbi I say let flores play ss see if he can hold it down were not going anywhere anyway and worse case we sign a ss next winter or best case flores gives us decent glove w a bat

nolrog
nolrog

When did this change to YankeeBlog?  Who gives a frack what the Yankees are doing or who they are interested in!

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

2 yr. first 10 mil , second 15 . Drew has little options so he may have to sign at sandys rate

eric88
eric88

Sixty four players in camp early including almost all the starting lineup. Who's not there-- TEJADA

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

The bottom line is you can't have a superstar at every position - thinking more about 2015 than this year. Give Drew a two-year deal and you have a top 10 shortstop in your lineup for a reasonable price. Next year's SS are going to be way out of the Mets budget. And the Mets can use the money in other positions to fill other obvious needs. 2014 is going to be another season of discovery with the real target on 2015. TD, Lagaras, Meija, EY all have this season to prove they can play on this team in 2015. I could even live with Ike and Duda at 1B for this year and give them half of the season to prove they are worth it...if not, deal them or cut them. But I can't live with Tejada at SS. Drew is an above average hitter for shortstops when you factor in power and also when you consider Tejada can bat against some of the tough lefties. Take about 20 0--4s off his scorecard. He's an above average defensive player, has experience on a winning team and by all reports is an excellent presence in the clubhouse. Let's face it, the Mets need those guys too.

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

Mets have plenty of needs what they lack is money. The Toledo Mud Hens laugh at the Mets financial situation. 

Michael Hennessy
Michael Hennessy

The definition of "Insanity" is doing something over and over and expecting a different result. That's how I feel about this whole Drew situation. It's the same crap every single day in every single post. 

I hope the Mets sign him but more than anything I just want him to sign with someone so we can stop hearing the same crap every single day

jweiss
jweiss

So drawn out this is crazy. Can we agree on a deal already. Sandy is a genius if he gets a discounted deal now. Peralta got 52m and we all thought that's what drew would get and figured we were out of it. Now sandy can pull the trigger and get drew for a max of 20-25m. If this happens kuddos to sandy. This gm can negotiate with the best of them. Wheeler, Thore. Travis trades all are looking to be BIG wins for sandy. Big things are coming. We will have a cheap rotation and have money buy bats or trade cheap pitching from a young slugger. Cheap pitching is never not in demand. Ride or die with sandy!

ac0814
ac0814

Satin and EYJ at SS? Id rather let Flores play there everyday if that was the case.

mikerolli
mikerolli

Great win in the shoot out - in to face Putin

georgie
georgie

780,000 less fans in Yankee stadium last year.

mikerolli
mikerolli

Tejeda sucks bro no real met fan's want that bum

jlmulls2
jlmulls2

@dous_nj I tend to agree with you. Unless he tears it up, he will get booed right out of Queens. I like Flores as competition. I think they are looking at 2015 free agents and hoping Tejada fills a gap maybe catches lightning in bottle.

zoddie
zoddie

The Mets don't have a DH so we don't want Cruz. He also can't get on base.

dous_nj
dous_nj

What if that One AB is with RISP and he hits a line drive in the gap? Would it still be a failure of epic blah blah blah?

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

 We were not in rebuilding mode for five years.. Our actual "rebuilding mode" didn't start until we got rid of all the bad contracts. We JUST got over that this past year.. talk about impatient.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

 I feel your pain but I don't see how we are not looking at Tejada all year long. 

I didn't realize until last night that the Mets are tied with the Houston Astros with the longest current streak in MLB of sub-500 records. Wow. What a slap in the face

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Joseph Baffi  A monster year? Did you not see his 2nd and 3rd season batting .280? Clearly you took that one out of your ass


2nd year - .284, 1 HR, 36 RBI in 90 games played

3rd year - .289 0 HR, 25 RBI in 114 games played


OPS for both years, .696 and .685

OBP for both years .333 and .360


I mean I don't know about you, but those were the 2 seasons with the most games played and he did fairly well for a #8 hitter who ISN'T expected to have power. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Joseph Baffi  If they can't afford Drew, you really think they will be able to sign a FA SS next year? At the end of the day, they can't afford Drew and aren't going to be in the market for next years class so it's either get used to Tejada or hope SA can pull of a deal for a young prospect SS. Flores is not going to be a ML SS and they are not even looking for him to be, just a utility player to keep his bat here instead of Vegas

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@nolrog  They determine the market, and to a large degree the perception of commitment to winning in New York. I don't take by any means as a slight to the mets, just like people who invest money watch what others do with their portfolios, you have to watch what the yankees do and speculate why because they impact the industry so much.

dous_nj
dous_nj

Seriously? He's been in michigan doing fitness training at the organizations request. My god...

eric88
eric88

 BUT, they won't spend the money, no matter how cheap he gets. 

PS: 64 players in camp already including Wright and Murphy, who's not-- TEJADA

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

That's actually not the definition of insanity but point taken.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Or the other option is he really thinks we're good enough with Tejada.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@ac0814  We may find out if Flores is a real option at short, or any more ridiculous than the other two defensively. Remember Flores may have to maintain a certain fitness to play short, and that could spell possibly being overpowered at the played. I understand fully EYJ/Satin could be a disaster, but my point has to with if Drew isn't feeling the mets, than identify that reality if it's the case, and figure out if ANYthing in house has a real upside. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@georgie  They still averaged 40K per, and outdrew the Mets by 1.1 million.  

ChuckkieB
ChuckkieB

@Steven Matregrano Impatient? This team has been going backwards for 5 years.  How long must we wait?  The Mets play in a top shelf market and have been operating like a bottom shelf team.  How can anyone at this point still defend this organization?  I don't think it's too much to expect to have major league quality players at every position.  Not all stars, but not a bunch of AAAA players either, and that's what Tejada is.  On his best day, he's a no power, no speed, slightly above avg. fielding shortstop.  His presence in the opening day lineup will be a disgusting reminder of how far this organization has fallen.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Steven Matregrano  Steven, although I agree with you to an extent that Tejada takes a huge beating here. However, in his two "best" seasons he was just at league average in OPS. Please don't just use BA.  By that logic he's better than Hanley Ramirez

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

I don't expect a number 8 hitter to bat .300 15 HRs 80 RBI... if he goes back to those years, he will be fine as starting shortstop. Yeah, I said it. Come on, try to attack me. Half of you on this forum don't even know baseball.. just throwing words out. Also for you Cruz lovers. He sucks, hes old, he used steroids, he needs an AL team, and he won't be a Met because WE ALREADY HAVE 5 OUTFIELDERS. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@shinjoooo  

Full Definition of INSANITY1:  a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)2:  such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility3a :  extreme folly or unreasonablenessb :  something utterly foolish or unreasonable

jweiss
jweiss

No way. Money aside drew is absolutely the better player.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Tarheel11 I understand it'll be Tejada and I'm not even against a platoon with Omar, if first base becomes stabilized, but my point was only really speaking to trying to avoid having Drew here, if he feels like he's being railroaded into the role.  Clearly his offer of conceding his position was a gesture to the Yankees, who do have room for him at 3rd, second and maybe short. Yet they're passing apparently.  I could understand him having issue with that and not find Queens appealing, is my point.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@cmetsfan @ac0814  I get your frustration but none of those guys are a real option at SS. Flores is only going to play in an emergency at SS assuming he can even show that this spring. According to TC, Tejada still has to beat out Q for the starting job but I think you are looking at Tejada as the only option until a few years down the road assuming one of Rosario or Cecchini can progress. 

dous_nj
dous_nj

Lol- true! But my point is, we cant call it an epic failure...not after just one AB.