It’s ‘unlikely’ Mets sign another major free agent

Sandy Alderson said it is still “unlikely” he acquires another major free agent this off season, he told reporters Thursday in St. Lucie.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He’s clearly referring to Stephen Drew, and maybe Nelson Cruz, but this probably speaks more to their asking prices than it does to the team’s budget. Obviously, and thankfully, Alderson is not going to sign Drew to a three-year deal that includes an opt-out clause after one year – and since that is what Drew currently wants, adding him is ‘unlikely.’ However, I’m near certain Alderson would sign Drew to a one-year, $10 million deal with a team option. In the event Drew lowers his ask, Alderson would probably say acquiring Drew is ‘likely.’


WFAN’s Mike Francesa has repeatedly said on air Alderson made Drew an offer and the two sides are stuck haggling over the length of the deal. According to reports, Drew wants at least a three-year contract, maybe including an opt-out after one year, while the Mets, Red Sox and others are rumored to only have interest in giving him a very short-term deal.




141 comments
mikerolli
mikerolli

I'm gonna go buy beer - bye all

mikerolli
mikerolli

Rather see a crack head at first over ruben

mikerolli
mikerolli

Wilpon have no money they spent it all on early Christmas gifts lol I'm kidding - wut a joke for an owner

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

I just hope if either 1b, or Ruben continues to regress...Sandy find legitimate replacements, and acts this yr, not next season.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Please tell me the Mets at least sent a scout to look at Aledmys Diaz today. The kid would probably cost $6 million a year, and he can't be worse than Tejada defensively. Plus, scouts say his bat is definitely ML- ready (20HRs, solid average, high BB rate, high OBP). Leadoff Hitter???? Sandy, take a chance!

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

Matt -

Regarding Drew and the opt out, I've suggested offering him a 2 year deal at, let's say, an AAV of $10 million per, with a club option for the third year. Structure the first year's salary as follows: $6 million payable at regular pay intervals during the season, and the remaining $4 million payable as a lump sum bonus, due some time after the opt out date, only if he is still a Met (or a member of the acquiring team, if he is traded mid year) at that time.

If he does opt out, he has only cost the Mets $6 million for the year (a bargain) and, if Sandy would like to retain him based on his 2014 performance,  the Mets can still make him a qualifying offer. If he accepts the QO, the Mets have him for 2 years at an AAV of $10 million. If he rejects the QO, the Mets get a draft pick when he signs elsewhere. To me, that is a win-win situation for the Mets.

If you are reading this, Matt, what are your thoughts?

mikerolli
mikerolli

Mets just don't have the money or they know smithing we don't ?? Drew a great fit for the mets- Drew be a rock star in queens- also will bring more fans out to citi means more money

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

It is disheartening to hear Alderson say that it is still “unlikely” he acquires another major free agent this off season. The additions of Stephen Drew AND Nelson Cruz would significantly upgrade the offense, and in combination with the current rotation, convert the Mets into a contending team. Picture a lineup of:

Drew, Murphy, Wright, Granderson, Cruz, Davis, C Young, d'Arnaud.

20+ HR potential from 3 through 7, and 15+ from the other 3 spots. Lagares, EYJ, Satin, Tejada and Recker provide a strong bench.

Signing both Drew and Cruz would bring the payroll to just under $110 million, a respectable figure for a team in a major market like New York, with no payroll constraints. If, as Alderson says, there truly are no payroll constraints, wouldn't it be worth stretching the payroll to $110 million to create a contender this year and well into the future?

I take some solace in Alderson's remarks, in that they could merely be a smokescreen to prod Boras into loosening his demands for Drew. I don't believe for one minute, that there is even the slightest chance of him pursuing Cruz, since he clearly thinks his outfield is already set up.

mikerolli
mikerolli

Mets won't sign another free agent??? Slap in the face to all met fans who spend all that money at citi- I feel sorry for met season ticket holders!

mystere24
mystere24

If we don't bring in Drew, I think we have to bring in another SS for depth. Tejada is not a Plan A but Quintanilla is not a Plan B either. I'm not saying Bonafacio is the guy but he has one thing that other options don't have -- he's available. It seems to me he's a better fit as a super sub like Joe McEwing was in his day than he is a fit for us at SS so I would expect him to sign elsewhere. Alderson has painted himself into a corner with the SS situation.

newyorker9
newyorker9

well being a Knicks and Mets fan really sucks right now

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

I am not contesting these venomous posts about the Wilpons and Sandy -- I think many of you know my stance on these "executives." But, free agency is a 2-horse town ... and right now the Mets are Gilbert Godfrey walking around a singles bar hitting on 6's, while we are ripping on them for not making a move on better looking women. There has to be some desire for free agents to play in Queens, and I simply don't think that is the case right now. I could be wrong ...

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott

It is also "unlikely" that I spend money on tickets this year.

mets2891
mets2891

So the Mets lied about this off-season just like we all knew they would.  Is the payroll even as high as it was last season?  What a freaking joke, this organization is a disgrace.

archer41
archer41

Unlikely?  Get serious.  Not going to happen, no way, no how.

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

With our surplus of pitching I would have to think that either Colon, Gee or maybe even Niese might be dealt at the deadline for a bat. Hopefully a young SS. Aledmys Diaz is also available soon out of Cuba so who knows.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

Bonafacio is still a better fit.  Drew is not a leadoff hitter or a power hitter.  He also can't hit lefties.  At least Bonafacio hits both and fills the leadoff need.  Clearly we have to let Granderson handle clean up and hope C Young hits the 25 HR they think he will.  I want Bonafacio, who also gives flexibility.  

Anthony Perez
Anthony Perez

I think its funny when you hear fans say they won't go to a game this year but waste there time commenting on a blog day in and day out.

trevordunn
trevordunn

when reyes is a yankee next year, it will be hilarious...while Tejada is still in a mets uniform

Frankie Piombo
Frankie Piombo

And the Mets are "Unlikely" to have any fans at their games

Mike Garrison
Mike Garrison

At least we have the best broadcasting team in the game. Yay.

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

@Jimmy The Mets were apparently not there today, but don't take that to mean anything. Diaz is holding several more showcases in Florida (I believe next week) for teams that have spring training there. I'm not sure, however, that they have real interest in him.

I am hearing that Diaz could cost as much as $25 - $30 million to sign. Over 4 or 5 years that would translate to your $6 million number. I am also hearing that many scouts believe that, because of his deficiencies in the field, he probably won't stick at shortstop, and that he is probably not major league ready and will likely spend some time in the minors at first.

buddyryan
buddyryan

The Wilpons are broke...the payroll is set for 85 million.

zoddie
zoddie

@newyorker9  You're half right.  The Mets should be relatively decent this year and good next year and in the years beyond.

The Knicks are hopeless.  They have no cap room, no draft picks, and no tradeable assets outside of Carmelo.  Even with Dolan's limitless money, they suck. 

mike23
mike23

@trevordunn  If mets are a losing team again and get off to a horrible start citi field will be a ghost town, hopefully the Wilpons finally get the point that they either have to invest more in the team or realize they are hurting this organization and their fans and finally lose the ego and sell. Definitely should stay away if the team is terrible, don't support the wilpons. 

NYISLES
NYISLES

Same goes for me. I hope ALL fans stop going. Let the Wilpons go broke!

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@mets2891  in all fairness, they did not lie.  They said there would be 2 or 3 new faces and they did sign one of the top 3 OF on the market (Granderson is better than Cruz) and one of the top 3 pitchers in Colon. They never said they would increase payroll, but at least the people they are paying this year should be playing.


We can say whatever we want, but they did not lie. They actually made good signings, they just needed to make more of them.

nagel100
nagel100

that is the plan.  i'll be watching Mejia and when Noah comes up his first start will be exciting to see.   trading pitching for hitting is our only salvation.

mikerolli
mikerolli

Next next that's all I hear is next yr mets owner pathetic

sayhey24
sayhey24

@Mickey Jennifer Wind I don't necessarily think that CY will be awful, but I have watched him over his career and there is little chance that he exceeds 15 home runs.  The leagues know his weaknesses and he has really bad habits at the plate, including being pull happy which is not a good fit for Citi. 

ApM
ApM

@Mickey Jennifer Wind  Bonifacio is strictly a bench player. He has no spot to start (He's not a MLB caliber starting shortstop) He can't lead off because he can't get on base, and he's really not that good at anything except running the bases. I'm not against getting him to be on the bench. But he is not a starter.

manu george
manu george

@Anthony Perez  It's simple. Going to a Mets game cost money (a lottt of money) and those who buy tickets are directly supporting Wilpons continue to do what they do. Metsblog is a venue for Mets fans to air their views and vent their frustration free of cost, without supportin the Wilpons.


Get it?

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

It doesn't cost anything to comment.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@trevordunn  The Yankees cannot get Reyes unless he is a free agent.  The Yankees have 0 tradeable prospects.  They can spend a ton on any of the big 4 SS though

Lon Samuelson
Lon Samuelson

@trevordunn  it will be hilarious that the Yanks would take a big contract for a guy who's entire game is based on his speed and is on the wrong end of 30

newyorker9
newyorker9

@zoddie let's see how the Mets do, but I would of liked if they signed Drew or Cruz. I'm just criticizing them since they said things were going to be different this year looks the same to me. and the Knicks got the worst owner in sports history. they need to fire potato head Woodson, but Dolan loves him so much so I don't see that happening. they have trade chips like Chandler, Shumpert, Smith, MWP, Beno, Hardaway but even at making trades they suck, remember when they gave up THREE draft picks for a mediocre player named Andrea. I won't blame Melo if he leaves this circus.


mets2891
mets2891

@Mickey Jennifer Wind @mets2891 You can argue over semantics all you want, but they strongly implied that they were going to raise the payroll.  Keeping it at the level of last season was not what fans were led to believe was going to happen. 

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@ApM @Mickey Jennifer Wind  He has a career .322 OBP, which is OK.  He has had  years of .360 and .330 and this is good enough to lead off.  He is a switch hitter and handles both LH and RH pitchers ok.  He would do fine.  He is better than EY and would bring excitement.


His defensive stats at short are not much different than Tejada and would be considered mediocre. 


he is a starter. He has been a starter most of his career actually. I totally disagree with you, of which we are all entitled to.  

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Unless Toronto wants to dump salary

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

The young pitching is exciting. I always start off trying to catch every game, checking box scores etc. But when they start to tank, which was early last year, I made sure to catch most Harvey and Wheeler games.