Stephen Drew 6 (AP)

Red Sox re-sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew

The Red Sox have signed free-agent SS Stephen Drew to a one-year, $10 million deal, columnist Ken Rosenthal was first to report (SI.com, May 20).


3:58 pm: The Mets were not interested in paying $10 million for Drew, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Tuesday.

“We need to do our best to give some of our younger players an opportunity,” he concluded (Kraus, May 20).


2:59 pm: The Mets expressed interest in Drew early in the off season. However, by April, talks between the two sides were essentially nonexistent (Daily News, Apr. 25), with the Mets continuing to discuss only a one-year deal (NY Post, May 20).

The Tigers, Blue Jays and Astros had also been linked to Drew, who at one point was offered a two-year deal from the Yankees (NY Post, May 20).

Drew turned down a one-year, $14 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox this past winter, which meant he would cost draft-pick compensation if signed by a team other than Boston.

Drew’s name had not appeared in a post on MLB Trade Rumors since early March, at which time he was reportedly still seeking a multi-year deal and willing to wait until after June’s MLB draft to find a new team.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

3:11 pm: Drew would’ve cost a three-year deal, probably worth around $40 million, based on the information above. Naturally, this will not stop some fans from insisting the Mets should’ve signed him. I’m not one of them. I feel Drew would have been worth a two-year deal, but I assume he would have instead taken the same deal from the Yankees. So, it’s a moot point. In the end, the Red Sox are the only team that made sense here, which is why no one ponied up the extra years and why he’s returning to Boston…

The minute it became clear Drew was willing to wait until late June to ink a new deal and the Red Sox would not be getting draft pick compensation for his departure, I’m sure Boston started drawing up a new contract for him to sign. In this scenario, Boston saves $4 million, Drew gets to play where he’s done well, and he can be a free agent this winter with a lot less baggage than he had this time around.




223 comments
eric88
eric88

We couldn't sign him. Our payroll would have soared all the way to 87 million, oh my god!

Gary Jorge
Gary Jorge

they were never going to sigh him the wilpons are broke since there pal got caught embezzing,why have they not brought any help in 7 years to this team that news outing made me laugh

jenkins
jenkins

You will all be happy to know Flores is playing SS tonite.

xplr
xplr

We never had a shot at him. We only want guys at $500,000

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

“We need to do our best to give some of our younger players an opportunity,” 


Except you have no young MLB ready players at SS and the only 1 you might have in Flores is rotting on the bench as TC refuses to play him for some bogus excuse that Tejada has red hot despite all evidence to the contrary 

jaysonl
jaysonl

hey! the mets saved money again! aren't we all excited?

Greg Adler
Greg Adler

you are an idiot Sandy. A guy who cant even hit .200 is starting at SS.


oh.... its nice to have a guy who cant hit but starts because he can "run" and bench the FAR BETTER hitter in Lagaras LOL

Curtis Batdorf
Curtis Batdorf

None of this matters. Even if the Mets traded for Stanton, Collins would sit him against Right-Handers, and bench him when he isn't  "hunting strikes."


jrb74
jrb74

Bet you're glad you listened to Boras, right Drew?  Only cost you $4M this year alone.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

I don't understand any of you at this point.  The Wilpons and Alderson are not the types to give any free agent shortstop a large multi year contract next year.  The Wilpons and Alderson are also quite reluctant to part with any of the pitching talent that is stockpiled in the minors.  Nothing short of Gee, Niese, Montero, Wheeler or Syndergaard will be acceptable in a trade for a Major League ready shortstop.  So, if they aren't willing to spend money to improve the team, and they aren't willing to deal any real talent to help the team, what is going to happen here?  I mean, like Harvey and Parnell aren't going to come back from TJ surgery and start playing allstar caliber SS and bat over .300.

This organization is rudderless, and is not going in a cognizable direction.  The Alderson/DePodesta experiment is an official failure.

vipregan
vipregan

Cerrone must be heart-broken.

Drew is not very good.  One of Sandy's only good moves this offseason was PASSING on drew.  He is only marginally better than Tejada.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I'm sure this has been floated before but is there any way we could trade some of that young pitching for Starlin Castro? Hell, I can't remember the last time we actually had a SS and C that could actually HIT in the same lineup.

stage52
stage52

I am not really high on any of the Shortstops  who have been  named so far as people that solve the Mets problem at SS for the long term and would hate to give up too much of the future  to get them.  I would rather see us wait and trade some talent and offer some money to get a really good SS to fit the bill for years to come

nagel100
nagel100

@jenkins  i want Flores to get a full shot.  so far he has looked fine in the field.  can he hit is the question?



C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Kenneth Meltsner  Not with the bounce back season Castro is having.  Cubs aren't parting with him.  But they are about to lose Samardzija so they may part with Lake but he's got stone hands...and even that's a stretch with his pop

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Kenneth Meltsner  Why would the Cubs do that? Who's going to play short for them? 

Castro is young cheap and signed long term. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@stage52 Have to agree with you. None of the names being discussed seem to be much of an upgrade. We don't need another guy hitting .220 with no power.

stage52
stage52

@blueorange I was wondering when someone besides me would ask that question?   I supposedly only read this blog!  LOL

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@barbarossa @flmetsfanWhen Alderson busted out with, “We need to do our best to give some of our younger players an opportunity,” I began to get nauseated.  Like who do we have in the minors that can come up to play shortstop Sandy?

All this has been is a big Ponzi scheme where the fans were promised improvement and rebuilding, but nothing really happened.

stage52
stage52

@barbarossa @stage52 I must say I am amused at your choice of the name of Hitler's failed romp into the Soviet Union which doomed the nation of Germany to suffer more under the domination of the Soviets for years after.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@barbarossa @flmetsfanQuite right, it was attributable to a Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but the sentiment is there.  Alderson blows off fan criticism by saying that the fans don't know anything about running a ball club.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@barbarossa @flmetsfanOr Eggplant Parmesan. Lewis Carroll huh, I often thought of Sandy's rantings more along the lines of Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake" comment.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@jenkins @Tarheel11  LOL! Okay you win. Whatever.


Baez

2011 6 errors 5 Games

2012 17 errors 75 games

2013 44 errors 123 games

2014 7 errors 31 games


And I never said I wanted Baez. 


I agree about Profar but they also have a kid in Sardinas who has fallen a bit but a great glove with no power but a good contact hitter. Maybe could get cheaper? I'm just sick of Tejada. If they'd move Profar absolutely. Problem is there aren't a butt load of guys like everyone makes it out of good young SS's with good gloves and good bats. 

But look at Seattle's AAA team. They have Franklin and another kid named Taylor who are both hitting around .360 but are hacks defensively. 

jenkins
jenkins

@Tarheel11 @jenkins  and I said they'll have Baez ready NEXT year. Baez  had 31 errors his first year in pro ball and cut that to 13 his next year at a higher level. Among other things he has missed a week with a sprained ankle this year.  I don't think he's a butcher. If you do, I don't know why you want him at 2nd or 3rd.


As for other alternatives I've thrown out there today-that's what they are-alternatives-because every Met fan agrees they have to do SOMETHING.


In re to Texas SS, I've already mentioned Profar as an option below.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@jenkins @Tarheel11  No. What I said is Baez is no where near ready to be called up here to the Cubs to replace anyone, regardless of position. WHEN/IF he is it will not be to play SS. 

Any team will trade for pitching but the Cubs have some good pitching talent coming. 

Do the Mets need to trade for a young SS? Absolutely. To me they are better off overpaying for a Russell or trying to get one of the kids from Texas' system 

jenkins
jenkins

@Tarheel11  They will trade for pitching. This isn't that hard. 


You just told me he sux because he's hitting .165-now you're telling me he has an absolutely great bat-which is it?


Then you say until he hits at AAA, He "ain't going no where" Pick a point and stay with it.


My point is they'll trade a SS for pitching because they have none

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@jenkins @Tarheel11  Absolutely great bat! But stone hands. Projests out as a 50 error a year guy, that's what you want at SS? Cubs still look to move him to 2B, Castro at SS and Bryant at 3B. 

Baez is projected for his bat. But until he hits at AAA, he ain't going no where. Regardless there's no incentive for the Cubs to move him. When Soler, Bryant and Baez are ready they will be the nucleus of the team. But Theo has enough pitching (Edwards, Vizcaino and Johnson) to not have to deal away away Baez when he doesn't need to. 

If anything they may move one of their other young OF's.

Why would he deal Castro and then create a bigger hole at SS? 

jenkins
jenkins

@Tarheel11  how long has has he been there , a MONTH? Baseball America's #5 prospect? hit .295 with 20 homers last year at AAA?


Real nice post,



Tarheel11
Tarheel11

The same Baez that can't handle AAA? Hitting .165 and kicking the ball all over the field? Kid is a butcher. Projects as a 2b or 3b. Not a shortstop at this level according to the scouts and his glove

stage52
stage52

@C.K. Dexter Haven @jenkins Flores in only 22. We have been waiting for him to come up for 4 years now.  At least give him some playing time before you just toss him. The Organization has 4 years  devoted to him.  Throwing him out now would not be smart without testing him more.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@jenkins  I know you didn't ask me but...I'd probably leave SS alone and let Flores start see what he can do; I'd probably sign Kendrys to a similar deal to what Drew got; i'd make EY the 4th OFer and start CY.  Meanwhile i'd make a play for Junior Lake in Chi and pay attention to Arizona on the trade market.  Giants, Dodgers and Rockies are all playing well and if they run away with the West Owings might be made available.   I'd pay attention if a trade chance comes up for Asdrubal.  

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@jenkins @flmetsfan@stage52And tell me when was the last time you saw the current front office and ownership group outbid someone for a free agent?  When did you last see the front office and ownership group offer any talent in trade for a player.  Alderson blew two or three deals for Davis during the meetings thinking he was going to get a top end minor league pitcher in exchange.

Get real dude!