The Mets are more than capable and willing to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew, Sandy Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday. However, he added, “It would need to be under the right circumstances.”
Drew is reportedly looking for at least a three-year deal, possibly with an opt-out clause, while the Mets are said to only have interest in committing to him for one or two years.
Alderson said he is still talking with other teams and looking at free agents, be it to add to his bullpen, bring in a primary shortstop, such as Drew, or deal a first baseman.
He is still in talks with teams about trading for a shortstop, “but the price is always a consideration,” he said.
Also, though the free-agent market for relievers has more or less “evaporated,” he would very much like to bring in at least one more experienced relief pitcher to compete for a spot in the bullpen.
Lastly, in regards to first base, given what teams were offering, it made more sense hedging his bets on first base by letting Ike Davis and Lucas Duda compete for the starting first baseman. That said, it’s possible one of the two could be traded or demoted before the start of the season.