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Stephen Drew rumors: He wants a year and an option

Free agent SS Stephen Drew has not received a contract offer from the Red Sox for more than one season (Tomase, Feb. 12).

Drew is looking for, at least, a one-year deal with a second-year option.

The Mets are more than capable of signing Drew, Sandy Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday. However, he added, “It would need to be under the right circumstances.”

It was previously reported that Drew and the Mets have had continuous discussion about a contract, according to a source (Carig, Feb. 9). However, a second source with knowledge of the team’s thinking says that is not accurate (Carig, Feb. 10), which was later echoed by a team official (Davidoff, Feb. 10).

Francesa has repeatedly said on air that the Mets have made Drew an offer and the two sides are stuck haggling over the length of the deal.




244 comments
George E. Prouty Jr.
George E. Prouty Jr.

WHY!! ARE WE WASTING OUR TIME WITH  Drew whenNick Franklin is available? Franklin seems to be more of a  Mets type player

hashburry
hashburry

there is always the thought that adding a decent player that has actually been on a winner may be worth a few dollars more.  What exactly does Tejada really bring to the team other than limited range, no speed, a handful of singles, no rbis and a lazy attitude?  I am on board with the Drew supporters.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

Bonafacio will give you a better contract, less power, but more speed and a true lead off guy that is not an automatic out against lefties.  He is also 29 and a true lead off hitter.  Assuming he can still play SS (he has 96 games there), he would be a better fit for the lineup.  He would also keep the Mets from benching Lagares for EY with regularity.  Please say screw you Drew and sign Bonafacio for 2 years 7M.

Chris Duffy
Chris Duffy

How bout instead we give him a handshake and a trip to retirement-ville?

yankeehater
yankeehater

For less than 110 mill the mets could have had peralta and choo (without signing c young). Those were the signings to make. To complain now about how our payroll is so low is a moot point.....there aren't any other players out there worthy of raising the payroll except for Drew, I guess. Again though, Peralta should have been our main SS target from day 1...Drew should have never been a consideration.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Its been over 12 hours....when are we going to be updated on the Drew situation?????

hankypanky
hankypanky

With Boras as an intermediary, the FO had better read the fine print on any contract. The man's a snake.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Sign drew . It is a lot of lefty bats w granderson , Murphy, Davis or duda so they need tejada , satin vs some lefties

Mike August
Mike August

I can't take the Stephen drew posts anymore. Get it done and sighn him already. Oh yeah sighn nelson Cruz also 2 yr 24 mil . The mets want to be better remember all u mets fans 2014 is the year according to the brass .

mikerolli
mikerolli

Tejeda

A bum shouldn't even be in the big leagues

mikerolli
mikerolli

Sounds like Drew coming to the mets

Aidan Maslow
Aidan Maslow

Sign him. Don't sign him. At this point, I really don't care! I just want the Drew posts to stop!!!

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Just zzzzzz sign zzzzzzzz.... the... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Jimmy
Jimmy

The Yankee blogs are all talking about Aledmys Diaz replacing Jeter next year. Any chance the Mets could outbid the Yankees on this kid?

hashburry
hashburry

Wait a minute, isn't Drew looking for a 3 or 4 year deal?  At least that was reported on this blog at least 100 days in a row.

Justin Casale
Justin Casale

Hypothetically, if we offer drew a one year deal with a player option on the second year, would we receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere after year 1? Is turning down an option year the same as turning down arbitration? If it is, we could potentially give up our 3rd rounder to sign him and then get back a first or second rounder if he leaves.

Justin Casale
Justin Casale

Drew is an upgrade over tejada in every way. The only problem is that he would be worth am extra 3 wins and that would only push us to about 83 max. Drew is a great signing if we had harvey and were ready to compete for a playoff spot. Right now though we will need alot to break our way (c young playing like its 09, granderson like its 2011, and Ike putting it all together) for drew to truly help us. I would still want the mets to sign him just so ownership proves they're serious. I feel like this year has the potential to be 2005 and next year we have 06 potential

John Paul Hodge
John Paul Hodge

I'm often back and forth when it comes to Drew. Yeah, I'd take him for 2 years / $22-$24 Million. Not a penny more, not a year more. And no 1-year opt out. But even then, how much better is he really going to make us? Don't get me wrong, I hated Tejada last year. He had a great rookie campaign. Id take .289 with a .333 OBP. Thats better than what Drew is going to give us. Drew isn't that fast. Hes got a good glove, he wont hit many HRs in city field. .260 hitter? Whats the point?


MAYBE, since the A's do have another option for SS, we can pry Lowrie away at the deadline if we are somewhat in the hunt. Or one of the kids in Arizona.

zoddie
zoddie

@yankeehater  It would have cost $205 million to sign Choo and Peralta, not $110m, or around $200 million if you subtract Chris Young.

zoddie
zoddie

The mets don't get to have a DH, so why would you want Cruz?

zoddie
zoddie

Drew is looking for a ten year deal if he can get it. He can't. He also probably can't get a 3 or 4 year deal. He should have taken the Red Sox QO.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Justin Casale  The QO defeats the whole point of an opt out. It will be written into the contract that the Mets won't QO him. 

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@Justin Casale  i believe that if he opts out, the Mets would be able to give him a "qualifying offer", which would be a  one year offer at a slight increase. If he declines (which is the case 99% of the time), then yes, the Mets gain draft pick compensation

eric88
eric88

@John Paul Hodge  The point is you have an athletically challenged Tejada who will never see that average again and has no range, power speed or arm. Is that good enough. Oh yeah, he's lazy too.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@John Paul Hodge  exactly.....people forget that Tejada had a decent/good year in 2012 as a stater as well as 2011 as a reserve/starter. Drew is a good player, but not great, and he certainly won't make the Mets a playoff team. There are so many good SS's hitting the market next year who could reasonably be had (Lowrie, Hardy, Escrobar, hell the way things are going Drew will be back on the market). Tejada still has potential to be a decent player, you might as will give him another shot, and if he fails, then you get a SS next offseason. 

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@zoddie @Mickey Jennifer Wind  He is my SS.  He is not the best SS, true, but he is still no worse than Tejada there.  He will get better with comfort.  His D is not terrible like others in consideration. Plus, he is a better offensive fit.  I will live with his mediocre defense.  It will still be ok enough to live.  He will be no worse than Q was. Plus, his ability to play other positions can be useful in the event of a rash of injuries. Meaning they can keep the lead off hitter the same, even if they have to move people around.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@zoddie @yankeehater Yes, I understand the concept of the total value of the contracts....I was obviously talking about the 2014 payroll. The 2015 payroll, assuming colon and or niese were traded, would have remained at about 110, including arbitration raises. The mets would have been playoff favorites in 2014 and 2015....attendance would have increased dramatically.

dabo
dabo

@zoddie @yankeehater  I wouldn't want either player!  An unjuiced Peralta and a light hitting Choo would have made Mets fans crazy by June.  Included in the I don't want talk add Cruz, he is still available doesn't that tell you something.


zoddie
zoddie

I think you'll see more players accept the qualifying offer (which was $14.1 m this year) in future years. Look what is happening to Drew and Nelson Cruz.

magma123
magma123

@chasesimms @Justin CasaleMe either.  Do any of these projections think of player development on a positive swing from younger players?  Its a lot of "IFS" Davis, Tejada, Young, d'Arnaud, lagares.  All IFS but if they perform its a different lineup.

zoddie
zoddie

@Mickey Jennifer Wind He is much worse than Tejada at SS.  Bonifacio got some playing time there in 2011 but was pretty bad.  There's a reason no one else has tried him there since.  Guys don't get better defensively as the age, they get worse.


His offensive stats are also very, very similar to Tejada's, though he does have much more speed.

bryan145
bryan145

The cards had nothing to lose with that deal while the Mets had everything to lose with that deal

yankeehater
yankeehater

@dabo @zoddie @yankeehater YOU wouldn't want either one....but the most successful team In the NL all time, and definitely the most successful one over the last decade wanted Peralta...and an AL team that has been in the WS twice in the last 4 years wanted Choo. No offense...but I think i'll trust their judgment more than yours....and these were two players I wanted back in September before the season was even over.

zoddie
zoddie

Yes, I'm sure all projections do have some improvement for guys in their early 20s.

zoddie
zoddie

@Daniel I'm not against a Drew signing, but to dismiss WAR because Drew got hurt (and then was absolutely terrible the next year) is silly.  Yes, Drew got hurt.  Middle infielders who are now in their 30s are more likely to get hurt, too.  He only played in 124 games last year, after all.  Drew certainly has a higher ceiling than Tejada, but even with Drew, I don't think the Mets compete this year.



WAR is a stat tells us what happened.  Injuries happen.  Should we award Ken Griffey Jr. more home runs because he was hurt in his 30s?

Daniel
Daniel

Using steamer and oliver projections is a very lazy way to evaluate talent. Drew was worth 4.7 WAR in 2010, he was on pace for 3 WAR in 2011 before the injury, and in 2012 he was clearly rusty on both sides of the ball from the long lay-off. All Drew did in 2013 was return to where he was pre-injury. In a full and healthy season for Drew, I can see him topping out at 4 WAR. I can't say the same about Tejada. I only see him topping out at 2 WAR.

All that being said, Drew would be taking Tejada's job, and Tejada would be taking Quintanilla's job while still getting his ABs vs. LHP at SS and 2B. Drew could leadoff vs. RHP and Tejada could lead off vs. LHP. Also, signing Drew vastly improves our SS depth which often gets overlooked. They really need to sign him if they want to potentially compete this year.

zoddie
zoddie

How much a team sucks won't impact your WAR. However, I believe most projections have Drew in the 1.5 to 2 WAR range. He beat that last year, but didn't in 2011 or 2012 and, as you said, he's getting older.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@qualcomm @Eric Koeller @John Paul Hodge  it seems inevitable. If the mets sign Drew to a one year deal with that option, he prob opt if he has a good season and the mets will be in the same boat next season. 


If they can get him on the one year deal, then I'm all for it just so the mets could give him  the qualifying offer next year