In the absence of Jeter, will Yankees look to Stephen Drew?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

To date, there have been very little meaningful reports connecting the Yankees to free-agent SS Stephen Drew, who most experts expect to either end up with the Mets or Red Sox.

However, Yankees SS Derek Jeter said yesterday he will retire after this season. So, I wonder if this means the Yankees will have more interest in Drew than they did prior to Jeter’s announcement?

DrewThe way I understand it, Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has been in regular contact with the Yankees, Mets, Twins, Red Sox and Astros, and I’m sure a few other teams as well.

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.

The Yankees have Jeter, but not for long. The reporting has been that Drew wants to play every day, he will consider being a utility guy, but would prefer a starting gig, especially if he ends up signing a one-year deal and has to test the market again in a year. However, in the Bronx, he could play second, third and spot Jeter in 2014, then take over shortstop full time 2015… assuming the Yankees are interested.




93 comments
mikerolli
mikerolli

Wilpon liars - they still have money problems - so obvious!!

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

If Jeter is retiring at the end of 2014, why would the Yankees go after Drew now? The free agent market for a SS will be much stronger after next season, and Drew may even be a part of it then as well. If they haven't pursued Drew to play 3B so far, I can't see any reason that Jeter's announcement would change anything.

Dan Asnis
Dan Asnis

Since Hal and Hank are George's sons the Yankees will trade for Reyes next off season.  The Yankees can't resist acquiring ex Mets to wave in our faces.

amazagain
amazagain

Lets hope so as I want no part of Drew as a Met.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

not sure why Matt needed to write an article on a Mets blog about the Yankees?????? As a Mets fan, I couldn't care less about what's going on with the Yankees..

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Jeter's retirement announcement should make the Mets more willing to sign Drew, potentially for more than 1 year, since it makes signing a better SS next offseason that much harder since the Yanks will most likely get the top guy available next offseason, which lessens the available options while increasing the competition for them.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

OMG Drew please sign some where!!!! The Mets have said again they aren't going to sign him but each day Mets blog feels the need to mention him!!!

1craigswan
1craigswan

I think the Opt-out clause is of more importance if Drew signs with a team, opts out and the tries to sign a lucrative deal with the Yankees. 

methead
methead

No they will not.  They will wait for next season when there is a better crop of SS.  Who you think they are, the Mets?

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

the most overrated notion going is that over the last 3 years Ruben Tejada is the better overall player. Just the slightest research says otherwise. Lets say, just for argument's sake, they play the same defense (even though from what ive read, Drew is the superior defender).

Over the last 3 years, here are their avg's

Tejada--89 GP, 34.6 R, 89.6 Hits, 18.3 XBH, 0.3 HR, 23.6 RBI, 3.6 SB, .269 BA, .327 OBP, .327 SLG and a 0.9 WAR.

Drew--96.3 GP, 46.3 R, 85.6 Hits, 34 XBH, 8.3 HR, 46.6 RBI, 3.6 SB, .245 BA, .322 OBP, .403 SLG and a 1.4 WAR.


so please, someone tell me how Ruben is better? .024 points on BA doesnt make up for giving us virtually NO HRs/XBH and power overall...i'd much rather the guy thats gonna give me more XBH, HR, RBI, SLG and runs scored.

Maybe Drew isn't worth a contract of 2-3 years at 11+ mil, but he's definitely better than what Ruben can possibly give us

it not like he's so much better defensively or so much faster than Drew...they're pretty much equal, except drew has better power numbers. If Ruben had a .333 BA or was able to swipe like 20+ bags or give us exceptional GG defense, then i'd be the guy leading the Tejada parade...but thats not the case....so he's younger, ok great...just cuz we sign drew doesnt mean we have to cut or trade tejada the same day...drew makes us a better team NOW and in the next 2 years...tejada keeps us the same

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

Another day, another post about Drew

sylow59
sylow59

Some notes:

1) Jeter is 40 this year.  I'm pretty sure the Yankees weren't pencilling him in for 2015 and beyond.  Therefore, before his announcement they needed a long term solution.

2) Jeter played 17 games last year.  I'm pretty sure the Yankees weren't counting on a 40YO coming off a broken ankle to play 150+ games this year.  Therefore, they need someone that can spell him.  This was obvious before his announcement to retire.

3) This will be his 20th season with the Yankees and has been paid over $250M by them.  There is a verrrrrry good chance the Yankees learned of hiss retirement well before the public did. 

(1) + (2) +(3) = His announcement to retire changes nothing regarding Stephen Drew other than the serve as an excuse to begin a new line of Stephen Drew threads.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I said it from day one and I'll keep saying it. I still think the Yanks sign Drew. Drew can sign a two or three year deal and fill in for Jeter this year and also play 2b & 3b. They have no legitimate back up for Jeter and he is a risky play for them this year. And then next year they will still go after Ramirez and can move Drew to 2b next year. This way eliminate the risk of Ramirez and Hardy resigning with their teams and the Yanks getting stuck. Makes too much sense for them not to.

And why wouldn't Drew go there? He'll get paid and get a chance to win a WS. 

eric88
eric88

The yankees don't waste time getting players the Mets can't even afford.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

Hanley Ramirez is the Yankees next SS, not Drew. 

yankeehater
yankeehater

I really don't understand all the fuss....as we all know we have gavin ceccini on the way.

archer41
archer41

It makes zero sense for the Yanks to sign Drew this season.  And the Mets shouldn't give Drew a 1 year deal and lose a 3rd round pick.  They, and Metsblog, just need to move on.

yankeehater
yankeehater

The yanks do NOT need Drew. Jeter will play as often as he can, and the Yanks will pay for a real SS next year. The only way I see Drew going to the Yanks is if they offer him the fulltime 3rd base job.

hashburry
hashburry

So the Mets are going to wait until next years bumper crop of FA SSs, all of whom they can't afford, but the Yankees are going to run out and sign Drew to backup around the infield for a year?  Please already.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

why would the Yanks bother they will just overpay for a Free Agent SS anyway which is another reason why the Mets should sign Drew for cheaper now

scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

This Drew saga is worse than  Chinese water torture.  For crissake, sign him or shoot me already.

drmetfan
drmetfan

I don't think so. Not enough star power there for him to be a Yankee. I can see the Yankees go after Hanley Ramirez next off season or perhaps trade for Jose Reyes if made available by the Blue Jays. We all know money IS NOT an issue with the Yankees. 

Ian Carvalho
Ian Carvalho

you'd have to assume that the timing is somewhat calculated. Not for Drew, but for next year's SS free agent class.

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

Reyes will be a Yankee. So will Matt Harvey at some point. Just like Doc,Darryl and Cone.

mikerolli
mikerolli

Your an idiot if u don't want drew

metzfan22
metzfan22

@Mr. SERCH  You answered your own question. Drew is going to cost a lot more than Tejada. Tejada is also 23, so he stands a good chance of, you know, improving, whereas Drew really isn't improving; he is what he is. And what is he? A SS who is older than Tejada, a lot more expensive, and not a guarantee to even be better this season. No thanks on Drew. 

metzfan22
metzfan22

What else would you like them to write about? 

Hank Lee
Hank Lee

@eric88  I think your heart was in the wrong place, but your sentence was not. All of the guys the Yankees have signed so far were "players the Mets can't even afford".


Maybe .. the Yankees don't waste time looking at players the Mets can pretend they can afford?

eric88
eric88

@archer41   Third round picks NEVER become meaningful pro's, or actually MLB players at all. In their 52 year history the Only  one to meaningfully contribute was Roger McDowell a 1982 3rd round pick. A one year deal for Drew is an Ideal scenario for the Mets. Tejada is a very limited player, they need to move on from him. 

mets2891
mets2891

@archer41 A third round pick?  Are you serious?  Do you have any idea the value of a 3rd round pick in baseball?

zoddie
zoddie

@drmetfan  I was not aware Kelly Johnson had star power.  Yet the Yankees signed him.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

@Steven Anthony Catalano  I heard that lol if im the yankees im trying to get hanley.. but that has never stopped them before from getting a player now and worrying about it later

zoddie
zoddie

@Victor Triguero  Why would he fail?  Because he had two good years (2011, 2012) and then one bad year (2013)?

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller


@Jimmy P. Reyes will never be a Yankee. He's not a free agent for 5 years, and there is no chance the Blue Jays trade Reyes to a division rival (like the Yankees have the prospects to pull of that trade)

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Jimmy P. Reyes whatever... Harvey would be hard... Just like Doc&Darryl was. Cone not so much for me.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@metzfan22 @Mr. SERCH  why does it matter? Is drew's payroll coming out of your account? If this was Choo, or Mcann, or one of the other free agent's that got a multi year, expensive contract that could possibly hamper us in years coming, then fine,  i get it. We dont want another bay or k rod or johan deal that is going to hamper future payroll.

...but if he's going to cost us 2 years and 20 million, how is that possibly hamstringing the mets from building a team in the future? He makes us better NOW, period. His contract isnt going to be an albatross and the commitment wont be a long and expensive one. 


zoddie
zoddie

@eric88 @archer41  That's not true.  For instance, Joe Smith was a third rounder and he has been a good reliever for a few years now.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis is another, though he hasn't shown he can stick in the majors.  Your point stands that a third round pick is not likely to produce much, though.  But you never know.

Hank Lee
Hank Lee

@mets2891 @archer41  True - I have no interest in guys like Evan Longoria, or Manny Machado ... not saying that would stop me from signing Drew, just saying, 3rd round picks aren't too bad. Ryan Zimmerman was a 4th rounder.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@zoddie @Victor Triguero  you know...this pessimism about Tejada is really starting to irk me. The guy was really good in 2011 and 2012, but apparently that means nothing. Will he be an all-stat? prob not.  Could he be a bust in 2014? maybe. Could he rebound and have a good year? theres a chance. The problem with Tejada has always been question about focus and commitment. The fact that he made the effort to go to the Fitness camp in Michigan shows maybe he's over it. Maybe, just maybe  he can rebound. The mets aren't gonna make the playoffs with or without Drew, so why not see what you have with Tejada? 

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@zoddie @Victor TrigueroObviously.. Last year is all that matters. 


It's like ike... his last good month only matters, same with the 2nd half the year before... same with his rookie year and the 1 month in his 2nd year... Not the 600 Plate appearances where the bat boy was a better baseball player.


I love Collins... we need to get him 100-150 spring ab's to get him in mid season form... Oh terry i thought the mid season was like 300AB's... So by Terry's logic instead of 3-4 months of awfulness we only have to suffer through 2-3.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Eric Koeller @Jimmy P.Yanks do. They still have guys in the top 100 of prospects. 


Jays have traded with the yankees many many times over the years... Not this specific GM, but it hasn't dissuaded them in the past.

Hank Lee
Hank Lee

@Mr. SERCH @metzfan22  I think many would do 2/20. I think Drew wants an opt out clause and a 3 year deal to go to the Mets, which he really has no interest in unless it's his only choice.

zoddie
zoddie

@Mark Kelly @Eric Koeller@Jimmy P.  The Yankees have 1 (one) top 100 prospect -  a catcher that is currently blocked by McCann.  They have one of the worst farm systems in baseball.