Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Rumors: He’s willing to play other positions

Scott Boras is dropping several hints that his client, free-agent SS Stephen Drew, is willing to play other positions, which might make him more attractive to the Red Sox and Yankees (Gammons, Jan. 15).

Drew is drawing interest from five to six teams, Boras said this past weekend (Cafardo, Jan. 12).

The Mets, Red Sox and other interested teams seem reluctant to offer Drew more than a one-year deal (Rosenthal, Jan. 5).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

So, from a Mets point of view, if they signed him to a two- or three-year deal, he could play shortstop this year and – if they sign or trade for someone better during the next 12 months – he may be open to being used in other roles…

Jan. 12: Again… the Mets like Drew, but only to a point. My understanding is they’re willing to sign him to a one-year deal, but they’re reluctant to go beyond that because of next year’s free agent market and having a long-term third baseman and a very productive second baseman. And, when all is said and done, if Drew is weighing multiple one-year offers, MLB insiders expect he’ll take Boston’s and stay with the World Series champions.

That said, keep an eye on the Twins, Blue Jays and Astros, I was recently told by someone familiar with Drew’s market, since these teams have money to spend a need for a player like Drew. Plus, as I said last week, it’s typical Boras to pit two big-market teams (like the Red Sox and Mets) against one another in public, all while using it as leverage to get a third team to overbid and get a deal done in the dark. This continues to smell like one of those situations.

19 comments
MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Drew and Boras....I hear signs of desperation . . .now, willingness to play other positions.

mustang66
mustang66

where is the second big market team? You have the Red Sox and who else?

TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

Hmm, world series champs Boston Red Sox or a pile of garbage New York Mets. Tough one. Don't fall for it Sandy, he doesn't want to come here.

AJF
AJF

I think Boras said that to get the Yankees back in it for him to pay 3rd

Brett Berry
Brett Berry

At this point, for $24 mil and 2 years with a club 3rd option I would sign him. He can play short this year, and if we could include Murphy in a package with prospects for another big time bat for the OF we could slide him to 2B. I don't like the idea of trading a 'guy' like Murph (he's one of my favorite players) from a statistical standpoint we could get an upgrade at a position of NEED. Murphy, Lagares, Montero, Fulmer/Matz for Giancarlo Stanton.

nothisispatrick
nothisispatrick

Throw him at second after. At this point just grab him for a good deal if you can, and deal him if you can. Chances are Granderson will make up for the loss of Byrd and Colon partially (keyword) for Harvey's full-season work. Taking a chance on Drew is fine if he can provide even a tenth of a BA point more, really. It's just the name of him t hat'll make fans happier. I know in my opinion, he won't be Prime Jose, but at his average, he's better than what we have. Take another chance. 

personman
personman

Hodges has a case, but he's pretty much just Boog Powell.


And nobody's clamoring to put Boog Powell in the hall.

bromancer
bromancer

Oooh, someone else we can play out of position.  He's sounding more like our guy now.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

maybe we can just move on from posting about Drew. It is obvious the Mets have no interest in him and are more than happy with the immortal Ruben Tejada

drmetfan
drmetfan

Hello Yankees. you now need a 3rd baseman. That's what this means.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Sounds to me like a desperate attempt to get the Yanks involved in the bidding after the A-Rod verdict came down with potential spots at 2B and 3B there.

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

I think mets have edge into signing him, I'm sure he prefers playing ss and the mets are the one team that can assure him of that over the next 2-3 yrs while cecchini and Rosario get more seasoning. It's a perfect fit in my mind and I can not watch ruben tejada pop out to shallow left anymore!!! Please pull the trigger Sandy!!!!

mingo
mingo

Sounds to me like Drew is trying to create more market for himself.

I have to think teams like the Mets should know that is what is happening and not take that bait.

bsp123
bsp123

I know there is still time and they are playing the market, but I hope we sign Drew.  We can always trade him after this year if we acquire another SS next offseason.

mets2014
mets2014

drew may be average-above average as a SS, but in my opinion holds much less value at 2B and 3B...I think the mets should  still sign him on their terms with the possibility of trading him for assets

Kendrick Melo
Kendrick Melo

That tell me that SA is do it right. Hold your card to the last minute and you will get him with only one year....

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

shows how much of a market there isn't for him I guess.

arc34
arc34

@bromancer ....actually if he was a first baseman he would be perfect.