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.