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Stephen Drew Rumors: He’s starting Spring Training… with Boras

Stephen Drew has not signed with a big-league team, so he will start his spring training at the new Scott Boras training facility in North Miami later this week (Cafardo, Feb. 16).

WFAN’s Mike Francesa has repeatedly said on air Sandy Alderson made Drew an offer and the two sides are stuck haggling over the length of the deal. According to reports, Drew wants at least a three-year contract, maybe including an opt-out after one year, while the Mets, Red Sox and others are rumored to only have interest in giving him a very short-term deal.

Last Thursday in St. Lucie, Alderson said it is still “unlikely” he acquires another major free agent this off season.




38 comments
Dave Nestle
Dave Nestle

the new Scott Boras training facility in North Miami...wait for it...wait for it...bwahahahahaha!

Bob G
Bob G

Hear where Jeffy W said "We're not going to sign a player because the fans want him, it has to be a part of the plan"


Ok so we know the plan is each year to hope for a miracle, that the other 30 teams all decide to not really try and they announce 2014 is the Mets year to win and they all throw in the white towel. You obviously can't do everything the fans want, but are we all wrong all the time? Once again, the Mets ownership forgets who pays the bills. I just can't see how anybody shows up at Citi Field as long as these bozos own the team.

slainte2
slainte2

What is plan B if Tejada gets injured?

Steven Delmar
Steven Delmar

Hey Stephen sign with us already you overpaid loser

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I wonder if Drew can hit Boras' slider.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I'm giving Sandy the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe he made a fair offer and Boras/Drew want more. I want the guy, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Time to wait and see. If another team snags him on a reasonable deal, then we will have reason to be upset.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

JHC, Boras is getting more desperate with his clients now. Usually it's the end of January, now it's the end of February. So when actual ST starts and Drew is at some Boras facility...I hope he fires his ass.

JC
JC

holding out usually works if you are a good player in the NFL, seeing a below average baseball player try it is new.

Edward Ayala Jr.
Edward Ayala Jr.

What a dummy! Boras had him turn down a 14.1 million contract Boston originally offered thinking he could get more and now he can't get anything. He should've taken that offer, but greed got in the way. Serves him right. Drew isn't even that good of a player and now he's realizing it.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Does anyone want Drew on their team?   I think the Mets should wear a Drew patch on their sleeve this season, in honor of all the Metsblog Drew posts this winter.  

Christian Pezzuti
Christian Pezzuti

I wish someone would just sign this guy. He's not worth anywhere near what he's asking for.

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

At this point I'd only give him one year and let him know its a competition. I have a good feeling about Tejada.

nagel100
nagel100

did i read that Tejada is actually in shape?  that would be a change.

lindro88
lindro88

2/20 is a fair contract for this guy. His defense is above average, he lengthens the lineup, and makes the offseason a real success. There is a point when it's not necessary to try and get a player at below value, just because he's in a spot where it's possible. All it will take is an early ST injury to a SS on a team with money, and Drew will be gone. He's not a star, but he's a substantial upgrade to the roster. If the Mets don't like Drew as a player, Alderson should just say they have no interest in the player and put an end to this. It's not as if they are pretending to be in on an all star, knowing its not happening. If they were actually prepared to give a 37 year old relief pitcher 12m dollars, it means they have the money necessary to get this done. It's a shame that everything this team does is like pulling teeth.

Adam Wolf
Adam Wolf

Funny - I had the idea of a private training facility for non signed FAs years ago. Even called MLB/XM and asked Kevin Kennedy his thoughts - he completed dissed it "wouldn't work - MLBPA wouldn't do it because of injury potential" HA HA!

sylow59
sylow59

it's a shame he's not worth what he's asking.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Wow. Boras has his own private training facility for players on the brink, like Drew. It sounds like a plot for a cheap comedy. Can't blame the Mets for standing firm in the face of this farce.

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

I'll make my own spring training-with hookers and beer

JoeBo31
JoeBo31

@JakeBrownESPN @metsblog id still rather them sign Cruz...marginally more expensive and completely changes the lineup in a way Drew can't

Michael Fichera
Michael Fichera

I'd take him for 2 years 10m each at most. Otherwise go find some work.

owlnut
owlnut

At this point, who cares?

More Cowgill
More Cowgill

Why do I picture this as Izzy Mandelbaum trying to train Jerry Seinfeld?

Mario Caraballo
Mario Caraballo

if you sign him its not to compete why would you sign him?

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@lindro88  The problem is the same as ALL Boras clients.  Drew is the top SS FA this year and that means Boras plugs him as the best of all time, and tries to get All-Star money out of a team.  So it's not a surprise that he past January and hasn't signed yet.

This isn't the Mets dragging their feet.  It's Boras being too greedy and thinking he's worth more than fourteen million a year (what Boston supposedly offered).  The Mets probably do have the funds to get this done.  Though Boras is looking for a lot more than just 12M though.  So why would you over pay when you don't have to?  Just to get a deal done?  Then this time next year, we will all be saying how Drew's contract is an albatros.  Let it play out, Drew is not the end all be all, and if he does sign for less with the Mets, we will all be calling SA a genius.

metstastic
metstastic

Nobody else thinks it's a fair deal. If it was they would have offered it and he would have been signed.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@Adam Wolf  We don't actually think Drew will be training there do we?  It's just a place to showcase a few AB's, and schmooze the clients.

hankypanky
hankypanky

As the kids would say, "what's a broken record?"

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@Victor Triguero  Probably...but fourteen million?  It takes two to make a deal.  But if Drew signs with another team for less than 10M a year...the prevailing thought will be the Mets waited too long or was not interested.  But if the Mets give him what Boras wants (over fourteen million a year), we will all be complaining how the Mets over paid, and the contract is hurting the team.

But if the Mets sign him for less than 10M a year...we will all be calling SA a genius for waiting it out.  There is nothing that says a deal HAS to be done right now.  Boras knows this, and so do all teams.

lindro88
lindro88

No matter what Drew does, if he was signed for 2 years the contract wouldn't be an albatross. Can't be afraid to make a mistake with every player.

lindro88
lindro88

How many teams need a starting SS?

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@lindro88  Of course not, from a Mets perspective.  Boras isn;t going to settle for 2 years, and you know it.  Otherwise a deal would have happened.  It's great if the Mets offer it, it's quite another for Boras to sign off on it.