Is Stephen Drew worth a three-year deal?

It was reported Tuesday that the Mets are still active in the shortstop market (Cafardo, Dec. 10), though it will likely be through trade and not free agency, Sandy Alderson told reporters before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I believe the Mets are willing to give Drew a two-year deal, and they’ll surrender their third-round draft pick to make it happen. However, it reads like he’s more likely to take the standing two-year offer from the Red Sox than the Mets. And, since the Mets are do not seem willing to give him a three-year deal, they must be backing off and turning to the trade market.

Personally, I’d give him the three-year deal. It’s a lot, and possibly too much for a guy of his caliber. However, like with Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, the Mets are in a position where they’ll always have go the extra mile until they begin competing on a regular basis. Drew would be a massive upgrade at shortstop compared to what was on the field last season for the Mets. He and Daniel Murphy would restore order to the middle of the infield, which I believe is vital for a team’s success. Yes, it’s an ‘overpay,’ as Sandy Alderson says. And, I realize Drew’s third year (2016) is when Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy and others will likely be earning significantly more money and Alderson may prefer to have the financial freedom to be able to add to what will hopefully be a contending team. However, I feel acquiring Drew would be worth it to help get Alderson to that point, and all for a reasonable, movable price.


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Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

Drew provides above-average production for a shortstop and he’s serviceable on defense. His strikeout rate has increased steadily every year, but he pairs it with a good walk rate and more power than you’ll generally get from the position. As a hitter, he’s well suited for Citi Field as he hits a lot of line drives and can take advantage of its big gaps. He’s vulnerable against left-handed pitching, though, which is a concern for an already lefty-heavy team.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Drew dealt with a concussion late in spring training and a strained hamstring during the season, all of which limited him to only 124 games. It’s worth noting that he hasn’t played a full season since 2010. The good news that is he appears to be past those injuries, though questions will always remain until he shows he can stay healthy for a full year.

Andrew Wharton, Contributor

I’m not completely sold on Drew. He has only posted an OPS+ greater than 100 three times since 2006. He made $9.5 million this past season and, at age 30, I’m not sure he’s destined for a pay cut. Yes, he’d be an improvement at shortstop for the Mets, but I think that money can be better spent filling other remaining holes on the roster.




128 comments
Gino Clevinger
Gino Clevinger

My Lineup for next year - COME ON METS GIVE THIS ONE TO US FANS WE DESERVE A WELL ROUNDED TEAM THAT CAN MAKE SOME NOISE... 


1. Eric Young LF -  Speed

2. Murphy 2B - Decent Hitter that has patience as a # 2 should

3. Davey 3B -  The Captain enough said

4. Ike Davis 1B or Duda if they are stupid and trade Ike -  Raw Power and has not hit their true potential yet

5. Young CF - A good well rounded ball player

6. Grandy RF - All or Nothing with speed

7. Flores or Drew SS - Good ball players that can hit

8. d'Arnaud C - A decent hitter that has not touch the surface yet and Recker is a backup with a little pop...

9. Pitcher - Neisse, Colon, Wheeler, Gee, Snydergaard


Utility: Flores and Satin INF, Lagares and den Decker OF.  You will either have Duda or Ike on the bench as a lefty bat with pop.


Pen: Parnell, Black, Edgin and Friends

Gino Clevinger
Gino Clevinger

Why we have not signed this freaking guy is beyond me.  3 years we have a decent short stop who can hit a hell of a lot better than Tejada.  If we are so high on Tejada why don' t we trade him for something valuable.  Ike Davis should stay as well.  Duda is a great trade to an AL team as a DH, the kid has pop but will be hurt in a month if he plays the field everyday.  PLEASE WILPONS AND SANDY GET DREW, KEEP IKE AND LETS WIN SOME FREAKING GAMES...  

Mike
Mike

Drew is worth 3 years but no one seems to be biting. That said, if the Mets offer Drew two years and Boston does the same, he'll go back to Boston. So either the Mets have to hope Boston passes or the market completely falls apart for Drew, which it wont.

Rick Rimpici
Rick Rimpici

I am not fan of Drew on a 3-yr deal, either. Lowrie is a free agent next off season, I would go an extra year for him. 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

No Drew is not worth three years one at most. and even that i would not pay his overvalued price. He is going back to the Red Sox move on.

John Hooton
John Hooton

sign Drew already or move on to someone else not tejeda

Jorge E. Meleán
Jorge E. Meleán

Dreamt last night that Jose @lamelaza_7 had been re-acquired by the @Mets in a 7-team trade. Crazy, but make it happen @MetsGM

maxster
maxster

Drew, 3 Years, 33 Million. Do it now. Contender!

maxster
maxster

Dump Ike sign Drew to a 3 YEAR deal, and print your playoff tickets.

bigslick
bigslick

Sign Drew! 3 years for $36 million is reasonable. Yes, we should have kept Reyes but we didn't. Tejada is horrific. Drew not only brings a good glove and some pop from the SS position, he also played for the WS champs last year - hopefully the fire in his belly is contagious!

Tejada can be the backup or play in AAA.

Dan Asnis
Dan Asnis

Considering our alternatives. YES

jasonbay
jasonbay

I can't believe, when two teams have surplus young SS, that our best play is to go add a 3rd year to land Stephen Drew.

Philip Kossoy
Philip Kossoy

Philip Kossoy here...I have to agree with Andrew here.  The money is much better spent elsewhere especially if the 24 year old Tejada is in shape after boot camp and plays like he did 2 seasons ago.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I'd pass on Drew. If we can't land a SS via free agency I'd give tejada another shot and wait for next years SS free agent class.

Bill Tolstick
Bill Tolstick

They give colon a 2 year 20 million deal but won't give him 3? Don't get it

cp3melo
cp3melo

SELL THE TEAM if you can not afford to be a big market owner.I will BOYCOTT the Mets until they can spend big market money.

tryinbrian
tryinbrian

Maybe the reason that Sandy is holding firm on the pitcher from Milwaukee is so he can replace one of our pitchers that would be sent to Arizona for Owings or Digregorius?  He probably has his moves lined up, but they need to go in order.  Milwaukee has that pitcher penciled in as a 5th starter.  If Arizona wants Montero or Gee for one of their SS, we would need to trade Ike first.

Steve Surdez
Steve Surdez

No way you sign Drew to three years. If SS is a key to future success, deal Niese and and another minor league pitching prospect for Owens or another young, top prospect that has huge upside and we can control. In two years, Niese is a fourth or fifth starter on this team. His value is elevated when in the context of the 2014 rotation. Put him with Harvey, Syndegaard, Wheeler, and Montero (or a solid free agent signing next year)...we can replace Niese's production. Granderson can have an impact in the future. Colon is a bridge. Drew goes against the GM and team's philosophy. We've gone down that road before- overpay for good players and get stuck. 2014 is a bridge, too. If we want long term, sustained success, we need to get young, and as fans we need to be-dare I say it- patient.

wildboys
wildboys

My 2 cents....prospect for prospect trades are RARE.  The only way the mets are getting a "top" SS prospect, is with someone that's majors ready, or a good mlb caliber player. They have nothing to trade.  They need to sign Drew IMO, give him the 3/36 Ollie P deal.   


Regarding the payroll....the mets are still not at the point where they were last season, yet, we're supposed to be excited about their spending? To me, having money available, and spending, is going above what they had last season. Drew makes this team better. There's no argument, he's better than Tejada at this point, and the best hope is the Tejada turns into Drew.  A payroll that is equal to last year's is nice, and maybe that money is spent "better" than it was last year, but that number just wasnt enough for the mets to realistically compete with the roster they had. There are better teams out there, with lower payrolls, but, the mets do not have those players. Thus, in order to help their team, they will have to spend the money. The money should not be spent on "if" players either, which leads me to....


"IF" players.  IF chris young finds his magic. IF bartolo colon stays healthy, and can pitch at 41 off of the roids.  Granderson is a solid player, and you pretty much know what you will get.  He was worth the money in my opinion. With Drew, you know what you are going to get. Hence, he is worth the money.  Spending money on "IF" players is nice and all, if its a low risk, low money gamble like Chris Young the pitcher, Shaun Marcum, etc.  The mets have so far locked up $17 million on "IF" players this month.  I feel like this formula has gotten the mets in trouble in the past. See Frank Francisco. Spend the money on every day players that have solid track records. (I believe that Bay was a fluke, and an exception to this)


My point is.....BUY DREW.  let Tejada figure it out in Vegas. Best case scenario, he hits .350, and he becomes a solid trade chip at the deadline for another piece. 

mrnegative
mrnegative

I see fans here making up these fantasy trades and it really amuses me. The Cardinals early in the offseason tried to trade for a SS and said teams wanted too much. So they signed Peralta. I'm sure the chips teams would want, the mets aren't going to trade. For one time and one time only I agree with Cerrone. Give Drew the 3 years. They did it with Granderson and Colon, might as well do it with him if they want and need him. 3 years for Drew is not a bad deal. Anything below 4 years is minimal in terms of risk compared to 7-10 year deals. Get it done and make this team a contender.

1craigswan
1craigswan

Tejada will suffice at SS. After last season's debacle, I think he should be motivated to recreate his 2011-2012 numbers. 

thewizard7
thewizard7

Too, everyone is forgetting how much fun it will be to yell "DREWWWWWWWWWWWWWW" when he does something productive....

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

if the mets can not find a well suited SS via trade or FA, I am fine having to see Tejada start 2014. 2015 SS free agent market should play into the Mets favor. They have to make a big move at SS for the 2015 season.

WillisReid
WillisReid

To afford him they probably have to move one of their better bats in Murphy.  I'd rather they deal from a position of strength going forward and make a deal for a player that would potentially be under team control for the next 4-5 years, like an Owings, Franklin, Miller or the like.

vanbboys
vanbboys

ill take a gamble on tejada reverting to 2011/12 over drew. spend the money elsewhere. don't commit three years to drew.

mets1973
mets1973

I have concerns about Drew's durability. He has a penchant for getting injured and one thing this team DOESN'T need is a highly paid player who misses about 25% of the team's games. I would rather the Mets try and get one of Arizona's young SS's.

John Lowell
John Lowell

No drew was ever worth a three yr deal

Thomas Stridiron
Thomas Stridiron

He is going to be vastly overpaid due to the lack of FA shortstops this off season.  Rafael Furcal had teams interested for petes sake!

cactus
cactus

the move is to sign drew and trade murphy and davis.


then you play flores and drew up the middle with tejada as a defensive replacement/utility guy.

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

@nymess I agree we do not have a lead off hitter on this team its not all about filling a position

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@maxsteryou will not contend because of him. he is average at best . I am all for spending money but lets not do it on him. He is not worth 15 million or more then 7.5 and you know with Boras he will get around 13-15 yearly not worth it. Trade with Arizona for youth if you want to spend it wisely and for multiple years  


jasonbay
jasonbay

@Dan Asnis  Are you considering Chris Owings, Nick Franklin, or Didi Gregorious as our alternatives?

jasonbay
jasonbay

@pochemu I believe Tovar means "unable to hit" and Tejada means "overpaid despite making the league minimum" in their native Spanish.

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@tryinbrian i can only hope this is the case. sandy probably does have his moves lined up, it's obviously impossible to tell what he's doing though. too many false rumors and speculation, but i'm sure he's got something going on behind the scenes that he doesn't want the general public to know right now

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@wildboys drew makes the team better, but do you think he puts them over the top? i personally don't, and i think 12m per year on our budget (which is ridiculous to begin with) would be too much for him. he's not the worst option, and i'm not totally against it, but i like the d'backs trade ideas. they have great supply, and ss is a good position to invest in long term (so is pitching, catcher cf, and 1b, to me)

ElVPresidente
ElVPresidente

@mrnegativeWhy so positive? Drew doesn't make this bunch contenders. You've still got two maybes in the OF, an unknown at C, a hole at 1B, and a collection of holes in the BP.

thewizard7
thewizard7

@WillisReid If they sign Drew and dont trade anyone, they've still got a payroll in the bottom half of the league- playing in NY.  Everyone wins.  They improve and make team more watchable for us and all at a much lower cost than they have ever had to shell out as owners.  Dont feel bad for them.



nymess
nymess

@cactus Flores is the forgotten man right now. While I'm not crazy about trading Murph, the benefit might be having Flores at 2B and more importantly, his bat in the lineup. Still, even then the implication is that 2B might just belong to EYJ in that case. I can't say I get it.


Who leads off in that scenario, by the way? 

cactus
cactus

actually if they just leave davis alone and stop drilling in his head to be more patient at the plate, he might hit again

mrnegative
mrnegative

If we sign Drew it will make for a collection of solid additions. Sandy is still gonna sign a reliever so he will fill that hole also. Listen the mets came into this offseason with many holes, Sandy has already filled 3 of them with 2 to go. If he can sign Drew and a reliever I will consider this a very successful offseason. Signing Drew doesn't put them over the top but I think as a whole with all the additions including Drew would make the mets a wild card contender.

WillisReid
WillisReid

@thewizard7 @WillisReid I don't feel bad for them.  Where their payroll ranks is irrelevant.  They are within about $5 of their limit, so they would need to move some salary, big market or not.

philaw
philaw

@nymess Hey lets be honest, even if we get Drew this year, as others are saying we are a 500 team.  If that's the case why do we need Drew....Give Tejada a chance, if he doesn't come back, next years class of SS are above average, go out and sign one then, or use Colon as trade mid season to get one with additional prospects.  By mid season, the young pitchaers will be ready to come up.  Question is, how do we get our young guys playing everyday this year so they are ready for next.  Play Flores and Murph at First and Second and trade both Ike and Duda for more young talent....Play Legares everyday and use Satin and EYJ off the bench.....Need to keep payroll and youth movement under consideration and Drew takes us down the wrong path. 

nymess
nymess

@Mark Kelly @Jeff Tinsman @nymess I'm thinking someone that can get on base AND steal bases. Is following the Cardinals model to imply that David Wright should be batting leadoff? 

nymess
nymess

@philaw @nymess I don't know, maybe I'm overly optimistic for no reason at all, but with a legit SS in tow, who's to say the Mets can't make a run at a wild card this season? Not saying Drew in particular, but the overall talent would be there...it's just a matter of each player holding their own and playing up to potential. 


That crappy 2013 squad spent the last 100 games of the season at .500. Clearly this team is better, isn't it? Maybe I'm just not willing to accept a season where winning is secondary. Or maybe this team will be dismissed right off the bat no matter who is added or put on the field, because well, they're still the Mets. 

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@nymess@Mark Kelly@Jeff TinsmanNo i was thinking more depending on the team opening day Lucas Duda or or somone outside the box like that who's BEST asset is OBP... Leadoff is more about working the counts and getting on base (by any means including a walk GASP)... Stealing bases is a +.


Cards model just means Obviously best hitter is 3rd (wright) but potentially Granderson 2nd instead of 4th... 1st hitter doesn't have to be a Base Stealer if you don't have that guy but needs a GOOD OBP


To me the thought difference needs to get rid of some pre-conceptions if you don't have the round peg in the round hole. Leadoff hitter doesn't need to be CF or SS or Steal Bases.... IF they can't do the most important thing and have good AB's.


It's Wacky but i'm more comfortable with Duda batting leadoff than i would be Lagaras for instance or Tejada. Weird looking but put the players with their strengths in the best position...




the get on base at a .350+ clip and steal bases is hard to find (and unfortunately usually wraps around BEST PLayers and they end up batting 3rd or 4th)... wish the mets had one of those and he played short stop..