Stephen Drew 6 (AP)

Stephen Drew Rumors: Mets not likely, Jays, A’s & Twins emerge

It is unlikely the Mets sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew, Sandy Alderson said late Tuesday (DiComo, Jan. 29).

“I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities,” Alderson said. “We continue to monitor his situation. We’re looking at other free agents that are still available and trying to judge their status, and how they might fit with us. I know there’s been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that’s what it remains — speculation.”

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).

Earlier this week, 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).

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.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I wrote this last week, but it reads even more accurate today, given the above reports: “I hear interested teams were offering around two years and $24 million at the start of the offseason. … Boras and Drew still want at least a three-year deal. … My bet, still, is that, while the Red Sox and Mets get linked to Drew most, he eventually signs a multi-year deal with the Blue Jays, Astros or Twins, but that’s total speculation on my part. … Again, the Mets like him, they don’t love him. … They like him enough to sign him for a year, maybe two, depending on the dollars. But, they don’t like him enough to give a three- or four-year deal, get locked in to big money down the road, at a position that can be better filled next year in free agency or this summer in trade.”




129 comments
William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Probably the nice way of saying the Mets were never in it for Drew's price...but the fans just wouldn't STHU about him.

cver
cver

Why would Drew be considered by the Jays when they have Reyes and if they get him, will Reyes go on the trading block?

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

gotta get me someone morales cruz drew, gotta got me someone anyone.  Can we please fill at least one of the many question marks we have this lineup please.  Can i watch a competitive baseball team please.  I jus don't see the collection of Tejeda TDA Lagares Chris Young and whoever plays first being enough I'm sorry.  This unit has to be upgraded.


Im ready to roll with Legeres and TDA.  But those other areas have to be upgraded.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

What kind of world is it where a player of this limited caliber merits $12M a year? I wonder if Roy McMillan wakes up in the morning and wishes he was born fifty years later.

mets2891
mets2891

Just sign the freaking guy.  Tejada sucks, we know it and they know it.  Sometimes you have to act like a big market team.  I know that goes against all of the Wilpons sensibilities, but hey, no one forced them to buy a NY franchise.

bruster
bruster

who cares about Drew...let him go somewhere else

Metsnow
Metsnow

Gee what a surprise. Going/Staying  with Tejada at SS is a  typical move by ownership. Tejada is such a weak link both on offense and defense....a rally killer with no speed and power. This team sure resembles last year. Didn't SA say there will be many changes to improve the team, All they did was replace our best pitcher Harvey with an old out of shape huge question mark with Colon and basically replace Bryds numbers with Grandy who I like.

Not looking forward to the same old story once again.

1345rmw
1345rmw

As I read this blog,every Mets fan has the same opinion does the ownership get it

1345rmw
1345rmw

There are a lot of Loyal Met fans out there,the ownership just don't get it,I like the young team were putting together,but come on this is NYC SPEND SOME MONEY get the players we need.well come back to Citifield with a competive team

trevordunn
trevordunn

sandy sees the potential in the tejada/omar combo at SS....we may get 3HR and 25 RBI out of SS this year...GREAT JOB BY SANDY!

Joey Sievers
Joey Sievers

So we are heading into another season of no hope.  The team is not better than last year.  As currently constructed they are a 75-77 win team that if everything breaks right they could get to .500.  Sad.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

If the Mets don't get another bat, this off-season didn't cut it. 


Colon replaces Harvey. Young is an overpriced 4th OF. Net gain -- one real position player with a long term deal. Not enough. I feel a bit screwed myself. 


The move to WOR is sort of a downer too. Mets games in a sea of conservative talk. No more ... "and now Steve Somers" after the game. Cliff Floyd would help.

KMO82
KMO82

Rather hear more about the Cuban SS.

manu george
manu george

Didn't we know all along that the Mets weren't gonna get drew?? The Metsblog tried their best to make it seem like the Mets were trying hard to get Drew......now, let's move on to the next free agent that the mets are "pursuing"

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Come on. Was Drew ever likely to be signed by the Mets? Can we stop with the Drew stories and move on to someone else that we are unlikely to sign.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

The funny thing a free agent that would make sense would be A J Burnett its not our side of NY that gave him issues he has become a ground ball type pitcher and he would be a great upgrade to our Rotation sign him and then trade Gee and a couple others to Arizona for a ss . 

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

I'm going to one game this year, and that's in philly with the 7 line.. They won't be getting a cent out of me

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

At the end of the day, they aren't signing Drew. Drew is the better player than Tejada but it doesn't matter. They aren't going to sign him. The bigger issue is obviously the future. Logic tells you they don't have the money to get one of the elite SS's next year so at this point they are either going to have to try to trade for a young SS and hopefully not overpay. But by the time this team is able to compete, Wright and Grandy will be on the downside. 


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

And yes, I wish Reyes was still here, above any other option. Hands down the most exciting player I've ever seen. Also, my daughter, who is now 5, absolutely loved the guy.

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

of course not, why would you want to upgrade someone as good as Tejada

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

It's so frustrating being a Mets fan. Sign Drew and Rodney and call it an off season. My biggest concerns about Drew is him staying on the field, but if he did get hurt, Tejada would start. Runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs, who would you rather have up? Simple as that. I think he makes the team much better. A chance to add another run producer as opposed to a guy you hope just keeps an inning alive.

Daniel Garcia
Daniel Garcia

What happen with all the money coming off the board this year please tell me where it went wow we sign granderson cool who else every year they lie to the fans look at all the money the Yankees spent .we live in ny we should've have a payroll of 87 million it's embrassing this owners and gm are a JOKE THEY JUST BROKE

dexx
dexx

Drew was worth +5.0 WAR over what Tejada and Q gave us at the position in 2013

dexx
dexx

Blue Jays need him to cover the 85 games per season that Reyes is injured

Andrew Maglione
Andrew Maglione

I see this and can't help but wonder what would have happened if Sandy gave Reyes an offer, anything but nothing... A few seasons ago, we were solid at SS and thought we would be for years to come, now were stuck with Tejada. Maybe next year we can sign an impressive SS... as a Mets fan, I'm so tired of having to say "next year"

zoddie
zoddie

@kefhrny17  Boras hinted that Drew may be willing to play a different position, like 2b.

zoddie
zoddie

@Kenneth Meltsner  Because owners are making TONS of money from new TV deals.  If it weren't for the Madoffs, the Mets would be spending like other teams, too.  We'll see if Drew gets the 3 years/$36m that he's been waiting for.  

1345rmw
1345rmw

I agree all they do is talk,they need to sell this team,then we'll be competative

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Victor Triguero Exactly right. And I like SA but I am sick of the jokes. At this point shut up already. It's not funny and it's insulting the entire team

zoddie
zoddie

@Daniel Garcia The hope is that they'll pay off their Madoff debts and become less broke.  Remember, from 2000-2011 the Wilpon Mets were in the top 6 in payroll every single year.  They have a history of spending money but, yes, are clearly BROKE right now.


Ideally they'd sell.  But that's not going to happen.

stemog
stemog

@Daniel GarciaWhat money is that? There aren't any big contracts coming off the payroll after 2014.

zoddie
zoddie

@dexx  Tejada was worth +2.4 WAR over Drew in 2012.  They were even in 2011.

And Q sucks, you'll get no argument from me there.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Andrew Maglione We weren't (and shouldn't want to) beat the offer Reyes got from Miami. That was a terrible contract. I loved Reyes but he wasn't worth the money and years they gave to him.

zoddie
zoddie

@Andrew Maglione Agreed.  Even though as a fan I enjoyed Reyes win a batting title, I never thought he wouldn't get ANY offer from the Mets.  Still makes me sad.  Reyes and Wright should have had their numbers retired by the Mets together in 2030.

strato
strato

Keep drinking the kool aid. I think you should write for Metsblog.

Daniel
Daniel

@Steven Matregrano @Metsnow Tejada blows. Keeping him means Lagares has to bat 7th, we still don't have a lead off hitter, and this team will struggle to score runs again. Getting Drew would put Tejada on the bench where he belongs and Drew could lead off for us. Wheeler won't come close to Harvey's production regardless of meaningless rankings. 

Daniel
Daniel

@Steven Matregrano @dreamer3kx Drew is an above average SS and would fill a big void for us. For 2 years, he is an absolute steal and no brainer. SS will cost a lot more next offseason and will probably cost us a 1st round pick. I also don't want to trade away our depth in the system either.

Daniel Garcia
Daniel Garcia

@stemog bays contract Santana contract where did that money go only on Curtis c'mon who they fooling this was suppose to be the year they go crazy spending where is that

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@stemog @Daniel Garcia Bingo! Only thing coming off is CY and that 7M is offset by the increases in Colon, Grandy and Niese contracts. Add in the arbitration raises next year and this team will have to trade away either a Neise or Colon, not for baseball reasons but just to keep payroll constant! That's the bigger issue! 

zoddie
zoddie

@Tom Gallagher@Andrew Maglione Of course he was worth the money.  A young, fan-favorite in a position of scarcity (SS) when the team didn't have any top prospects ready to replace him either in the field or as a leadoff hitter?  


An absolute no-brainer for a team in a better financial situation.

zoddie
zoddie

@William Bonilla  It worked for the Yankees when they could supplement their home-grown stars (Bernie, Jeter, Mariano, Pettite, Posada) with high-priced free agents.

Now they have no home-grown stars.  They have no farm system.  And free agency isn't what it used to be because more teams have more money to spend because of tons of TV money.