Stephen Drew

Mets still looking for SS, in play for Stephen Drew

The Mets are still active in the shortstop market and they continue to have interest in free-agent Stephen Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 10), who there are unlikely to give a three-year deal (Lennon, Dec. 10).

The Mets, Twins and Red Sox continue to be talked about as the the most likely destination for Drew, according to people with knowledge of his market (Cerrone, Dec. 10).

In late October, industry sources predicted Drew could end up signing a three-year contract worth around $12 million per year (Sherman). However, the Red Sox appear to be the only team to offer him a deal, which is said to be for only two years (Cafardo, Nov. 10).

In November, it was reported the Mets would meet with Scott Boras to discuss Drew (Lennon, Nov. 15), who will require his new team to forfeit their top draft pick.

102 comments
YouveGottaBelieve
YouveGottaBelieve

I don't understand why the Red Sox would be interested in him at all.  Why move Boegarts off of SS, where his bat is so much more valuable than at 3rd? Or if they plan to use Drew at 3rd, is he really that much of an upgrade over Middlebrooks? Certainly not $12-13 million better. It's not like they have DH open either with Ortiz.

Jack mcclary
Jack mcclary

They should trade from their strength of pitching prospects, ie Montero and perhaps one other to get Owings from Arizona.  They are stacked at SS and don't really need him but want pitching.  No loss of money or draft compensation. 

mrnegative
mrnegative

The mets HAVE the money to sign Drew. Alderson even said they have salary flexibility. They can either spend it all in one place or spread it around. I'd much prefer them to sign Drew than another starter. He'll take a 3 year deal for 11-12 million annually. As for the people that keep mentioning trading for a SS just stop it. The mets do not have the trade chips to get an above average shortstop unless they trade one of the young starters which they aren't going to do. For the people that think Tejeda is better that's a really ridiculous sentiment and not at all true

gothamsane
gothamsane

If his post season stats sting I will pass...

Are they above .220?

Runs scored, SF, SB, RBIs post season?

OK, reg season range at SS, how good?

steve333
steve333

Just give the damn 3 years and sign him already.

It would be nice to have a set line-up for once and not platoons everywhere

zootv
zootv

imagine jose reyes was still on the team? 

gothamsane
gothamsane

Let's trade a package of four good players for a great player.....

Elvis Andrus....

Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, Pat Zachary and Norman

Bell rang .... I have gym for 6th period ... Have to go....

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Stephen Drew is as good as any trade options out there, and all it will cost is money (and a draft pick, but seriously- they're overrated). Drew is a consistent 3-4 WAR player when healthy, and he proved last year that he is. If he can be had at two years, $25 million, I would do that in a second. 

jasonbay
jasonbay

Drew > Tejada (understatement of the year) but I find it hard to believe that it's our best solution for SS.  

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't our payroll at 72 right now? Signing Drew would take us to 85, and they did say that they would be willing to go above 84. Get Drew, keep Davis and Murph, and let Duda and Tejada go for bullpen. Now all you need is a number 5 and a backup catcher. If you start the season with Montero, you have that arm already. A backup catcher can be had on a minor league deal. Maybe mama Molina has another kid or two. Go get Zeppo Molina if he's out there, he's probably good.

hankincolo
hankincolo

I'm lukewarm on Drew, but don't forget, the Mets only want to give Granderson 3 years, but eventually agreed to 4. So, for now, saying they don't want to give Drew a 3 year deal, is all just posturing, possibly.


Jerry C
Jerry C

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gothamsane
gothamsane

Was he tendered by Red Sox? Compensation pick? Must have been if Sox can still sign him now?

If we do not give up a #1 and he plays 3 yr / $36M until Alderson's team's SS draftees are ready .... And he has no chronic health issues ... It is a no brainer ...

JJ would cost how much to obtain?

Baltimore has a prospect for SS in place?

Looking to deal JJ?

If you posted it people you did your homework?

I trust you...

mrmet10
mrmet10

Im not goin any higher than 3 yr 27 million

Rob.
Rob.

INK EM UP!

denelor
denelor

Keep in mind when talking about Drew that the difference between him and the in house option (Tejada) is about $11M/year.  


While it sucks to have to consider that because the team's payroll shouldn't be as low as it is, it's reality and has to be considered.  Take a chance on Tejada, spend that money elsewhere or get Drew (assuming that's an option) and be unable to take on any other contracts. 

tommets
tommets

If Drew doesn't get offers and teams hold out his asking price could lower and I'd go after him for 2 years.

drmetfan
drmetfan

The Mets will not get a SS via a trade unless they trade one of their top prospects. If they go after Drew they should not offer more than a 2 year deal on the 12M to 16M range.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

That Pat Zachary looks like the real deal.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Draft picks aren't over rated. The best player on our team, David Wright, was draft pick compensation for Hampton. Its the only way to build up a team other than signing FA.

gothamsane
gothamsane

Post season, Drew does not hit a lick...

Desnignated fielder?

It will take three years for him to leave Boston...

gothamsane
gothamsane

Montero is not coming to NY in the spring. Screw the exact budget, work around the core, the future, Drew is not the answer...

Duda and Tejada for what reliever?

Who wants Tejada, Panama City?

Everyone thinks being a GM is so easy?

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

But he sure does help his teams get to the post season, doesn't he?

tommets
tommets

@hankincolo Most likely trying to see if Drew would go with a 2 year deal.

hankincolo
hankincolo

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dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

Great, so the Mets only have to pay the difference between what you'll pay and what he'll sign for. SOunds like a good deal.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@denelor What was the point of signing Granderson if you're not going to put anything else around him and Wright?  These guys have a shelf life.  The Mets can't keep kicking the can down the road to the next season or they will be finished before the team is competitive.

gothamsane
gothamsane

Has anyone gone to bbref and looked at Tejada's milb stats.

One good season at Binghamton. That's all..

There is only wishful thinking he develops.

Maybe backing up Drew will help?

But is that enough for roster spot?

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Ben Bongadowski I don't see how that is possible given the money that has come off the payroll and the new tv money.

richfromny
richfromny

Yunel Escobar had identical stats last year

Could've trade something minor for him

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

With Boras as his agent he'll either goes for the big long year deal or a big 1 year deal.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

Trades work too. Good teams exploit all avenues.

Agee's Catch
Agee's Catch

That's okay.  We never play in the post season.

paganangel
paganangel

Dude, is career postseason OPS is .611 is about 100 ABs. Not saying he's lighting it up, but no reason to think he he'd be as bad in the future as he was this year

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Charlie Griffin @gothamsane Actually the way I understand it the pick does not go to the Yankees.  The Mets #2 pick is simply removed from the draft.  The Yankees get a sandwich pick between rounds.

Chris Fiorillo
Chris Fiorillo

@gothamsane Did you ignore 2012? Drew's 2013 was only marginally better and his career numbers are on a clear downward trend. If we discount 2013 for Tejada I think it's fair to say that he is still improving.

niesesnose
niesesnose

The idea that you could just "trad something minor" for him is dumb. Escobar had similar numbers to Drew, TB would want at least a serviceable prospect. Davis for Escobar would never happen. It'd be Davis+ DeGrom or Ynoa or Flores

gothamsane
gothamsane

I only root seriously for teams that have a plan to win it all....

Seen GMs develop over 20 teams to ho to league championship, title game or series.

Sandy is that good...

The Mets potentially have a starting five, the best since 1962.

2016, or before we are buying playoff seats!

Hodges14
Hodges14

@jasonbay @Hodges14 @Ben Bongadowski I understand all of that but what they've spent so far is the tv money.  What was the point in signing Granderson if that's the only move you're going to make?