Scott Boras said he has recently “had dialogue” with the Mets about SS Stephen Drew (Rieber, March 14).
“The message has always been that they have interest in Stephen but they wanted to see how things went in spring training,” he said.
He also said, again, that free agents Drew and DH/1B Kendrys Morales could both wait until after the June draft to sign new deals to avoid draft-pick compensation (Crasnick, March 13).
Boras knocked the compensation system, blaming it for the fact that Drew and Morales are still unsigned:
“The system they’ve been dealt has basically prevented them from free agency. They want to make sure about their next step, whatever that will be. It means either signing a long-term contract now — and we’re still taking offers on those — or a number of other prospects that could occur after the season starts or in June, after the draft happens.”
Boras compared the free agency of Drew and Morales to being “in jail,” and said that “the integrity of the game is at hand.” Drew and Morales both turned down $14.1 million dollar qualifying offers after last season and are working out at Boras’ facility in Miami, staying in shape and preparing for the upcoming season.
As of late February, the Mets still had strong interest in signing Drew (NY Post, Feb. 25). They reportedly offered him a one-year, $9.5 million deal, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21). The Mets haven’t been linked to Morales since mid-December, but both current in-house first baseman Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are working back from injuries.