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.”