Stephen Drew 4 (AP)

Mets deny offer to Drew, Francesa says they’re fighting over years

WFAN’s Mike Francesa said on air Tuesday the Mets made an offer to free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Brender, Feb. 4).

However, a team source quickly denied his report (Ackert, Feb. 4), as did a second source with direct knowledge of the situation (Bradford, Feb. 4).

“They’re fighting over the number of years,” Francesa said (WFAN, Feb. 4). “It’s not the money. … They already offered him the money. It’s a questions of years. … I think they’re going to sign Drew, I think they’re going to sign him. I really do.”

It was reported late Tuesday that the Red Sox made a two-year offer to Drew (Bowden, Feb. 3). However, according to an on-air report from Peter Gammons, Boston is asking Drew to essentially be a utility infielder, playing shortstop, third and second base.

Gammons later added that he also believes Drew will eventually sign with the Mets.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Well, here we go again: What constitutes an offer? What doesn’t? I wonder if Jose Reyes can help us define it…

My understanding is Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has contacted the Mets a number of times this winter. The Mets have almost certainly given Boras an indication of how many years they’re willing to commit to Drew. If I had to guess, I’d say the Boras recently went back to Sandy Alderson and informed them of Boston’s offer, after which the ball was in Alderson’s court.

Is this an offer? Is it a negotiation? Is it one-sided? I don’t know. But, it’s safe to assume Drew is getting close to wanting to make a move. The Blue Jays, A’s and Twins are also reportedly interested (Martino, Jan. 27, Heyman, Jan. 28). It seems Boras is now working to create a frenzy that will get his client the three- or four-year deal he’s seeking since the start of the winter.




106 comments
William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Hello, my name is Bill and I have been Francesca-Free for 9 years. All kidding aside, it's Boras...plain and simple. Do we not see this? Boston gives an offer that is not up to snuff as Boras is concerned. It wouldn't surprise me that Boras took a simple conversation he had with the Mets straight to the media to try and get Boston to bid against themselves. I have no doubt the Mets are trying for less years, but I have NEVER trusted anything Met related out of Francesca's mouth. Partially why I stopped listening to him all those years ago, and I have never been happier.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

It's Boras...plain and simple.  Do we not see this?  Boston gives an offer that is not up to snuff as Boras is concerned.  It wouldn't surprise me that Boras took a simple conversation he had with the Mets straight to the media to try and get Boston to bid against themselves.  I have no doubt the Mets are trying for less years, but I do not trust anything Met related out of Francesca's mouth.

AJ Guckian
AJ Guckian

Mets should deny until something actually happens.

C.d. Colon
C.d. Colon

I actually like Stephen Drew and think he would make a good fit with Murph and El Capiton. For three years? Why don't you offer 2 with an option for a third and make it an option for both the team and the player this way it's on the up and up. If things don't pan out then you don't accept the 3rd year option. If it works out and is a marriage made in heaven you can offer more years and then you have a future building with the core still in tact. All the while you have the 6th ranked farm system. I say sign him already. It's not like you're expecting him to be a power hitter.

methead
methead

Lets be clear here.  Drew has no desire to sign here otherwise he would have signed.  We can argue they are trying to get the best deal but everyone knows the Mets arent offering more than 2 years (even though I think the Mets would be willing to do 2 +an option).  I am pretty sure he is looking for a better deal elsewhere and if it all falls apart he will accept to play for the Mets.

eric88
eric88

Mets have money but won,t spend to the level of a mid market team.

mags328
mags328

What's "close to wanting to make a move" mean?

Nelson I Rodriguez
Nelson I Rodriguez

Last time they denied a signing, it turned out they really did sign the player!...So welcome to the Mets Mr. Drew.

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

there not going to sign him ,,the mets moto if its free its for me  ,,we tried but he went elsewhere ,,  I mean if your drew do you  go to the mets they are being used by boris

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

The problem with you Met fans that don't want Drew and think Drew stinks, your not thinking from a position standpoint.  If your a shortstop and play really good defense have a career slash line of 260/330/440 your actually a very good shortstop.  Looking at Drews numbers over his career it look like he's a good bet for 50+ extra base hits bat 260+ and drive in 60 runs, for a shortstop thats actually really good.  Not everyone can hit like Tulo.


In 2011 tejeda had nearly 500 abs, he had 1 home run 20 doubles 0 triples and 25 rbis hahahahaha, thats atrocious.


Give Drew almsot 500 abs, he will have at least 8 homers, 30 doubles 10 triples 50 rbis.  So drew will more then double tejedas extra base hits and rbis, hit more homers and score more runs.  Ya drew is not unbelievable., But he's a very solid professional major league shortstop with some pop, who plays very good defense, i really don't see the downside.  who cares ab paying him 10 mill a yr our payroll wouldn't even be 100 mill and so relax. Our payroll should  at least be 110-120 mil

Mets0987
Mets0987

Sign him for 1 year and next offseason, we have more options.

chasesimms
chasesimms

So, apparently they have no made an offer.  I can't imagine why they would lie about it.  

archer41
archer41

Who said he messed up the Davis situation?  Davis hasn't done anything to deserve that he has a position wrapped up.  He's easily one of the most disappointing members of the Mets.  Hopefully, this lights a fire under him to perform like a first round pick.  

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Wouldyajustpayhimalready,Jeebus.  Everythingwiththeteamistorture. 

tommets
tommets

Guarantee that they're trying to downplay this. Sandy doesn't want to mess it up like he did with the whole Davis situation. I say he gets signed within a week.

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

To me, this doesn't sound like an official offer yet, but more like they're getting closer. Maybe next time you should post an article when there's an update, b/c this is a non story still. Essentially, it reads "the mets are negotiating with drew still"

slainte2
slainte2

drew is on par with daniel murphy ... better D, lighter bat.  Sandy is playing this well i think, and drew has nowhere else to really go.  

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

Fat Mike is probably right on this.  He probably heard from Boras himself.  Mets will deny it, because if it gets out and they fail they need to defend not getting him.  According to teams, they never made an offer that was not accepted.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

I love all these people saying all the free agents aren't good.. if drew, cruz, and rodney aren't good then what does that make our players?

bsp123
bsp123

just took a look at the Mets schedule for the first two months of the season....wow we will find out real quick if we are in it or not.

tw22
tw22

Considering the source, Frannie, I would first wonder where he is getting his info from. He certainly doesn't have any friends in Flushing after spending year after year lambasting them as only a Yankee fan could. Unless he is suckling off the teat of Gammons, who sources aren't sterling either. He is hearing things in Boston and possibly from Boras, which neither source would be realistically reliable. Drew is a lockdown, professional shortstop. He will play the position well, but don't expect him to hit above the 8 hole. If he could hit major league pitching consistently he would have signed a 7 digit per year, three year deal with options back in December.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

This almost seems too perfect. The Mets desperately need a legit ML SS and Drew sitting there for the taking. Costing only a third round pick. And at best Cecchini is still a few years away. I'm sure Wright will be thrilled

fourwedges
fourwedges

"After biting into a giant Turkey Leg, and wiping his mouth with this sleeve ...  WFAN’s Mike Francesa said on air Tuesday the Mets made an offer to free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Brender, Feb. 4)."

Joshua Lara
Joshua Lara

Mike and gammon said it..it's going to happen

John Mallios
John Mallios

At this point, it makes sense to not fear bringing in Drew. First, you have to view him as an upgrade at SS. Secondly, he provides back up at most infield positions and expands options if either Tejada or Davis bounce back. Thirdly, his price tag will not be a major hit. And, fourthly, his likely inexpensive contract (2 years, between $18mm - $20mm with incentives for a 3rd year) could serve as trade bait over the summer to a team that doesn't feel they'll be able to compete for the better shortstops coming out next year if he's playing well (a la marlin Byrd) and the Mets are out of it.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

The mets hold all the leverage as the jays and mariners do with santana and ubaldo. These players are screwed....Teams should be like take it or leave it crappy offers with incentives only.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Also Chris Young would have signed for like $5 million and Colon was a bad signing overall. They should have signed arroyo to a 2 year deal....Or someone else....Colon is a big fat cheater who isn't nearly as good as his ERA last year. he was beyond lucky.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Drew SUCKS. Dont pay him anything. The guy can't stay healthy and when he does play, he doesn't play anything other than mediocre. How does that help this team at all? I don't want Drew. He is a bum

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

If the mets made a serious offer i can't see him taking a utility player deal from the red sox against a starting job with the mets, but will see.. I trust mike more than beat reporters cause he rarely gives out info, he makes sure he's right in that respect.. Remember everyone said our interest in granderson was "lukewarm at best"

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

Different time-different period-different player...but Francesa was one of the people to open the eyes of our long lost owner to make a splash and bring -31- to Queens.

hashburry
hashburry

Fighting over years?  It's a negotiation, not a law suit.

Saul Custodio
Saul Custodio

If Boston offered Drew a contract, but to be a utility player, I can't imagine the contract being 10 Million a year. With that said, if they Mets can use that as leverage, and offer him 8 Million per year for 2 yrs and a club option for a 3rd yr based on AB's and performance, plus a full trade clause. It would be a good pick up.

Metsnow
Metsnow

Typical Mets negotiation.......but Francesa is a know-it-all anyway. Talk about being pompous and arrogant.

C.d. Colon
C.d. Colon

Plus with Wright and his injury history and hasn't had a full season in while if he goes down you can put Drew at third. Or if Murph goes down you can put Drew at second. MIND YOU ALL WHILE HAVING THE 6TH RANKED FARM SYSTEM.

eric88
eric88

Your kidding, why would anybody not in an institution take 1 Year from the Mets?

sell
sell

He could put us from 83 to 88, wildcard possibilities.

dukewillie
dukewillie

@slainte2  Mets and Twins are the only teams offering Drew a full-time gig at SS. Objectively speaking, the Mets are the better option for Drew, if he wants to remain an everyday player at SS.

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@Marky Mark  the problem isn't that these players aren't good, but that signing any of them won't make the mets that much better. Even if the mets went out and picked up 3-4 big free agents, there's very little chance it would have made them a real contender. The mets should have been adding 1 or 2 free agents the last few offseasons.


Obviously the mets have more of a hedging strategy as opposed to a winning strategy, so none of this happens, and we're stuck with signings like chris young.


i understand that my opinion's a little one sided, but can you seriously justify all the bad things this team has done with all of the good things they've done? it's not even like they're trying and failing, they're just putting in a D+ effort to get a passing grade

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@Marky Mark  your rite man couldnt have said it better my self, mets fans complain we don't get anybody we always suck, but find a reason to not want to sign obv upgrades. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@tw22  If he could hit major league pitching consistently


Go compare him to the other shortstops in the game.