Stephen Drew (AP)

Boras has ‘had dialogue’ with Mets on Drew, could wait until June to sign

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.




266 comments
Bob Busser
Bob Busser

Didn't Boras shoot his mouth off last week or so about some 3 year deal on the table for Drew?   So he wants to wait till June and throw a 3 year deal away?  Sounds like ol Scott is losing his mind.... this from the same guy who wants to SUE players when they leave his service.... yet he still goes and raids other players...  what a summers eve he is....

boodge106
boodge106

Boras is much more of the problem than the system.  He is the only agent that acts this way.  He sets the bar too high on his players every year.

karlhungus
karlhungus

wish baseball would tell Boras to take a walk...... his act is old and tired...

Joe Sedo
Joe Sedo

Until June?!?! Who does this guy think he is?

John M. McCorquadale
John M. McCorquadale

Well by june the mets will be in the nl east basement far out of contention so what difference would drew make at that point?

Thomas Kulik
Thomas Kulik

If he stays healthy then yeah bring him on.

Cory Mandall
Cory Mandall

No. The Mets need to get younger, not older

Bobby Molina
Bobby Molina

No he doesn't bring anything special to the table. An average player. We can do better!

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Come join the group: Born N Bred True Met fan Nation

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Drew and Boras look like fools......You misread the market and overvalued yourself....swallow some pride and take a 1 yr deal.....Hit the market again next winter, nobody is giving u a mutli yr deal..........Sitting at home and getting fat isnt going to increase your value

Hector Mercado
Hector Mercado

Tejada is 1-15 and made 3 errors in 6 games. Yes it's a good fn idea.

Mike Disciullo
Mike Disciullo

WHY WAIT? Is that the Mets way to get him cheaper?

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

June? That's a great idea to get a job. Why not wait until September instead? Lol. Drew is a low average, high strikeout guy. He's not dynamic in the field and he's been a distraction to a team he doesn't play for. Wait out the M's or Dbacks and trade for somebody without giving up Montero. Drew isn't worth the money Boras wants.

Timothy Fagan
Timothy Fagan

Who is he.? Can't hit a lick and thinks he is worth 14,000,000.00

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

This has officially reached the level of complete absurdity. We've spent weeks, if not months going back & forth on the question of "Tejada or Not Tejada." I think Tejada has played to the point where, except for maybe one or two fans, it is a consensus that this guy cannot be the Mets' Opening Day starting SS. Once we answered the original question, immediate debate began over the secondary question; "Then Who?" There have been countless armchair GMs who think the ONLY way to go is to trade for a young SS under team control for the foreseeable future. Print writers & a few blog writers - who don't know what the hell they're talking about 90% of the time - throw around a couple names of possible trade candidates then all of a sudden the armchair GMs add armchair Scout to their title. Why don't we just trade Montero to the M's for Franklin? You know, because it's always that easy. Why don't we just package Pawlecki & Montero to Arizona & get Chris Owings in return? Sure, sounds great to me. The problem here is that 99% of the fans who support moves like that haven't even heard of either player before some writer mentioned their names. They look at their .290 minor league batting averages, see that they're young & under team control, and they are all for it. I can guarantee you that the same percentage of supporters couldn't pick either player out of a lineup either. That doesn't matter though, let's just do it. Unfortunately, there are a couple problems there. First off, Franklin isn't a SS, he's a second baseman. The M's didn't move him just because they felt like it; they did it because the guy is a liability on defense. To be successful with our young starting pitching, we need solid defense up the middle. That isn't accomplished by trading for a guy to play a position he has shown he is unable to play; that creates an even bigger problem than what we began with because we are then without a couple prospects that could have been used to either help the Mets or be used as trade chips to acquire a real SS. That doesn't matter though, that is just too realistic for many Mets fans to comprehend. Second, Chris Owings is going to be the starting SS for the Diamondbacks, a team that plans on contending this year, so it is going to take a lot more than Pawlecki & Montero to get him. Maybe Gregorious could be obtained in a trade, but the problem there is that neither player alone is worth giving up for Gregorious, he's not that good. Again, too simple of an answer for a very complex fan base. Unfortunately for the creative armchair GMs, the answer has been there all offseason & the answer is Stephen Drew. He provides Gold Glove caliber defense when we need to be defensively strong up the middle. He is also good to hit .270, smack 16-19 HR each year, and knock in 80-85 RBI. That's not good enough? That's not worth 2 years at $12 million per? Of course it is! Wake up, guys. When you look at the Mets projected Opening Day lineup, there are 6 guys who hit under .250 last year. We don't have a single guy in that projected lineup that hit 20 or more HR. Compare that to the Nationals projected Opening Day lineup. They have only 1 guy who hit under .250 - Adam LaRoche - but he still hit 20 HR, more than anyone on our roster. Stephen Drew automatically makes us a better team, offensively & defensively. You can't promise that we can get a better player than him to play SS next offseason; we need to pounce when the time is right. Then again, why would we want to add a proven player, a world champion, when we can have a guy who is a complete unknown?

As Mets fans, we shouldn't be buying into Alderson's Kool Aid just because he says so. We should demand that he signs Stephen Drew; there is no plausible explanation against it. Alderson apologists say that 2014 is a lost-leader because of the Harvey injury. I say BS to that. Alderson called 2014 the year before he even knew what he had in Harvey. If the loss of 1 player, a player who contributes only 35-38 games of 162, can make us waive the white flag then we have serious issues. The Nationals have great starting pitching. Their starting pitching could very well be better than ours even when Noah, Montero, Wheeler & Harvey are all on the field. They also lost their ace, Strasburg, to a Tommy John, but they still competed & played their butts off. They did it because they have depth, something we don't. Do you guys really think we are going to catch them anytime in the near future? We need to if we want to win anything, but I don't see it. They have a better young core of players than we do & they're not going anywhere. The only way we can catch them is if we add proven veterans to the young core & we put the right players in the right positions to maximize our strengths. We aren't doing that. I'm not saying that adding Drew will have us catch the Nats this year. What I am saying is that we need to keep adding guys, upgrading our weaknesses, so we can improve to the point where we can make a move next year. We can't go through another 75 win season then turn on some Harvey Switch in 2015 that will make is compete; we need to make incremental strides towards success. Playing with the same team, more of less, from a 74 win team last year isn't going to bring about those incremental steps, it's just going to set us up for more failure & disappointment in 2015. Drew isn't the answer to it all, but it is a sign to the players that the front office is serious about becoming winners. Mediocre players will bring about mediocre results, the past 3 seasons has shown us that & I don't see anything changing anytime soon.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Tejada makes Rey Ordonez look like Honus Wagner

Scott Coraci
Scott Coraci

How about a wrecking ball to CitiField???

Brandon Young
Brandon Young

Flores won't be able to play Shortstop for 162 Games, he just won't. I would love if he did, but it's not happening

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

He is a legit mlb shortstop. Right now we don't have one

Thomas Hahn
Thomas Hahn

for 1 year its a good idea. More than 1 year, VERY BAD IDEA.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Well this is ridiculous. Drew needs a job, mets need a ss. Make it happen already

mystere24
mystere24

It's disgusting to watch Terry Collins fussing over Tejada and guaranteeing him the starting SS position after how pathetic and unprepared he was year and how horrible he has performed so far in spring training. I guess in MetsLand, performance and accountability don't matter if you attend an optional strength and condition program in the offseason. Basically, this guy can't hit, hit with power, run, throw or field well. He projects as a borderline middle infield utility back up. Let's call it like it is. He is the worst starting SS in MLB and they can't seriously go into this season with him as their guy. They have no capable backup and no minor league prospects on the horizon at this position. And yet, Alderson plays hardball with Drew to the point where even if he did get him at the price he wants, he wouldn't be ready for Opening Day. Franklin is at least playing and has age on his side but will Alderson pull the trigger on a spring training trade? Even if he does, he needs time to play with Murphy which he won't have. I loved the Granderson move but Alderson failed to address the Mets biggest need - period. And in a season that is billed as a return to respectability, that is just flat unacceptable.

John Rattazzi
John Rattazzi

Make a trade for Reyes or Andrus!! Let's go. We are too weak up the middle.

Charles Fiori
Charles Fiori

No deal that plays into Scott Boras' hands is a good deal .

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Kevin Joseph Patrick Kevin....You are much too lucid and analytical to be on this Blog, where there is usually idiocy. Great comments from you. Well thought out. Well presented.

scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

@Kevin Joseph Patrick  Whatever they're going to do, they need to do NOW. June is too late as half season is over. Wright is in his prime years NOW and Grandy is possibly at the edge of the hill. Give Drew the two years now. The trade options (Franklin, Gregorius) are less than perfect. They are options for a reason. BTW Kevin, are you auditioning for a spot on this blog?  LOL. I'd hire you. I'd love a writer who offers original, well-researched  material on a daily basis. Matt, you listening?

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Bryan McEntee

Bryan, are you aware that Rey was considered to be a member of the best infield in baseball history, alongside Olerud, Ventura and Edgardo? Can't remember which magazine..maybe SI. Like Yogi says, you could look it up!