The A’s are not considering signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew, which would require moving Jed Lowrie to second base, sources say (Rosenthal, Jan. 29).
Earlier this week, a report indicated the A’s and Twins emerged as possible landing spots for Drew (Martino, Jan. 27), who may be willing to play multiple positions, according to his agent Scott Boras (Gammons, Jan. 15).
“I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said about his team’s chance of signing Drew (DiComo, Jan. 29). “We continue to monitor his situation. … I know there’s been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that’s what it remains — speculation.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Billy Beane, quick suggestion, how about you sign Drew and trade Lowrie to the Mets? I know, I know, you’ve told anyone who’ll listen that Lowrie is unavailable, even though you signed Nick Punto and Lowrie is a free agent in a year. But, Sandy Alderson and his staff really like him, you know this based on talks around last November’s GM Meetings, so why not rekindle talks? I say give it a whirl…
The Blue Jays are now in the mix and the Red Sox appear willing to give Drew a multi-year deal (Heyman, Jan. 28). In addition, while there have been reports indicating a lack of interest from the Yankees, a follow-up report said they are still very much involved (Heyman, Jan. 28).
In a poll that ran on MetsBlog.com last week, 52 percent of more than 8,000 voters said they would like to see the Mets give a two-year deal to Drew, while 35 percent preferred he get just a one-year contract; 4 percent were willing to go to three years, while 9 percent said he’s not worth signing at all.