Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Rumors: Mets offered $9.5 M, Drew wants more

The Mets offered a one-year, $9.5 million deal to free-agent Stephen Drew, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21).

“At the numbers he’s looking for, we don’t think he’s worth it compared with what we have,” a Mets executive said last week (DiComo, Feb. 19).

Drew may still be seeking as much as $14 million a year, which the Mets have no interest in paying, according to a source (Puma, Feb. 18).

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.

Since he has not signed with a big-league team, he started his spring training at the new Scott Boras training facility in North Miami last week (Cafardo, Feb. 16).

The Mets and Red Sox are among the four teams reportedly still showing interest in Drew (Bowden, Feb. 18).




122 comments
Dehart Connections
Dehart Connections

he is a career 

.264.329.435.764  not had more then 502PA 2010  he is trying to pull a JD Drew deal  maybe teams are getting smater then that now 

Tom Corday
Tom Corday

Now I think 80 wins is very conceivable.

Tom Corday
Tom Corday

Mets offer drew 11 million a year for 2 years with club option for a third. Just heard! Sounds very good. No one year opt out.

Kapalua Mak
Kapalua Mak

No team is going to be dumb enough to pay anywhere near the qualifying offer after the Nelson Cruz deal....that is, of course, assuming Derek Jeter doesn't get hurt during spring training. 

Mikey J Vega
Mikey J Vega

Why are they still going after him? Enough already.

pshh.. hes not that good anyway. let him walk

orangeblue
orangeblue

i understand that he turned down the qualifying offer of 14M from red sox but honestly that was his only real chance of getting that type of money.. aside from the real stars in the league, i dont know how in the world someone can just say no and turn down 9.5M, who does he think he is turning down that kind of money. the dude is worth between the range of 6 to maybe 8 mil a year. but in the end, ill still take him over tejada in the short term, unless flores comes out and wins the SS job out of spring

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Well duh, he turned down the deal from the Red Sox reportedly at $14M.  Why would he take 9?

Sean Collins
Sean Collins

Cruz got wise and took a 1yr for 8 and this joker won't take 1yr 9.5? Stop listening to the president of greed Boras ! Nobody wants you bro, get over yourself!

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Scott Boras has lost touch with reality.  There is no way Drew is worth that much for that long with an opt out clause.  I think the Mets need his help, but with those demands, I hope no one takes him and he sits out 2014.

Carl Bauer
Carl Bauer

What people don't mention is the effect good defense has on the mental aspect of the game for pitchers. If they know their team can't hit (and face it, the Mets are not an offensive juggernaut), and they can't trust the defense behind them, what's their mindset going to be?

bigdirty
bigdirty

i would go up to $10.5 mil but that is all. Drew is not getting a mulit year at the dollars he is expecting. Now he has over played his ahand and is goign to get low balled. 

Jerry Neubauer
Jerry Neubauer

$9.5 million, how in the world will he get by? Give me $9.5 million for one year and it will last the rest of my life.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

ummmm Cruz got a one yr 8 million only. Hes a DH in Baltimore for the most part. Drew needs to take what he can get and the Mets are the best fit on paper

Joe Rupolo
Joe Rupolo

There will be such better shortstops available next season. If he's gonna turn down $14M from Boston AND $9M from us, he's clearly not being reasonable. If we have 9 million to spend, give 5-7 to Kendry and let's go to war

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Am I the only who thinks the Mets gave Drew the highest bid for his services. $9.5 Mil sound just about right to me. Drew, take it or leave it. . .

eric88
eric88

Without a Byrd, Dickie, Beltran, this GM will not or can not make trades. With all those pitching prospects I find it hard to believe that some creativity can't get us a SS.

Lenin AV
Lenin AV

SO boras has his won trainning facility ...So he can play the waitting game even longer vs mlb teams hahaha !

eric88
eric88

They could have signed Drew and Cruz, dump Ike and still only be at around 100 mil.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Worth it or not, 9.5 looks pretty low. People will have a big laugh at him and Boras if that is the ballpark of his contract after the end of all this drama.  How many have moved on to the "see what Seattle wants, and give it to them" bandwagon?

Robby DiLorenzo
Robby DiLorenzo

Also, everyone keeps talking about drews hitting. The mets combined shortstop defense last year was abysmal. Drew has a slick glove to play next to wright.

Robby DiLorenzo
Robby DiLorenzo

He might not be worth 14 mil but the fact is it would be better to overpay him than have tejada and quintanilla

johnsec125
johnsec125

concerning drew, let's not be so critical of the mets brain trust.  after all, the owner has shown that he is a shrewd businessman and has amassed his fortune making decisions in the financial world with cunning and savvy. his son, the heir apparent, has chosen not to ride his father's coattails, but to work independently and make his mark on his own. the general manager has had a long career in major league baseball and has been a proven winner wherever he has been, and has numerous championships under his belt. these people are much more qualified than us to decide what is best for the new york mets.

Dan Samartin
Dan Samartin

Drew is career .264 hitter that can hit 12-15 HR and drive in 65. That would be a major upgrade for us at SS. No brainer. Sign him...2 years $20 million.

Frank Kajtazi
Frank Kajtazi

@William John Dwyer  It's his own fault he shot himself in the foot! I bet even if he went crawling back to Boston he ain't getting what they offered him first time around!

niesesnose
niesesnose

It's not greed, it's trying to get your client the best deal possible. That being said, I have a feeling Stephen's gonna end up here after all.

Robby DiLorenzo
Robby DiLorenzo

Couldn't agree more. Cruz is a MUCH better player than drew. It's sad that he thinks anyone is gonna give him more than 10 million.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Vic Scarpelli Cruz got one yr at $8 million?  Hell, the Mets could have waited and paid an extra million dollars to get Cruz instead of Cris Young.  I know, I know, poor outfield defense...he hit homers in a ban box and would have trouble repeating the same at Citi...banned substances... blah...blah...blah.  However, he would have given Grandy some protection that Du/Da can't provide.

Starz31
Starz31

@MetsFan1962  Apparently he turned down a 1 year $14 million deal with Boston earlier in the Fall. He can make more money elsewhere but he would be a starting shortstop in NY. That can't be said in Boston where he would be a utility infielder and possibly a third baseman. 

niesesnose
niesesnose

Right. And without Reyes and Wright how could have Omar's teams contended? Those were Steve Phillips, not Omar that got them. Please Omar would've signed Byrd to a 10 year extension. Under Omar, the farm system was barren with talent. According to Jason Parks, one of the guys who makes the prospect lists, DePo is one of the better talent evaluators in the game. Aldersons taken a limited payroll, and has rebuilt this team.

metzsuc
metzsuc

@eric88 how many times does the GM. have to say he does not want to trade his young pitching. BELTRAN, DICKEY AND BYRD WERE NOT IN THE FUTURE. your one of the dumber people posting  on this blog.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Damn Eric, do you do any research? Do you realize how big of a bust Cruz would be here? Have you seen his terrible splits? Do you know what position he is? A DH! He's awful defensively

Starz31
Starz31

I'm confused. Should metsblog not post about a player that a lot of the fan base still wants, like you yourself mentions?

I'm tired of it all too but if he's in the days news then it should be reported on. And sandy should not increase his offer. Drew is only worth 1 year at $10million.

Starz31
Starz31

That's not the fact. That's what got this team in trouble under Steve Phillips and Omar minaya, overpaying veterans that are not worth it.

Thankfully sandy seems to know what he's doing, despite what a lot of fans may think.

johnsec125
johnsec125

if anyone believes that, want to buy a bridge?

amazagain
amazagain

He's not going to be in Fenway and in Sawx lineup. He'll hit .240 8 50 at best. Plus he's a lefty - davis, granderson, drew, murph- we dont need another lefty. If they got him for under $10MM for a year okay, but believe me he'll be a bust

niesesnose
niesesnose

Cruz would hold very little value here (Terrrible home and away splits and bad defense) and Drew plays a premium position

niesesnose
niesesnose

Ignoring stats and red flags and signing someone just because of name recognition. What could go wrong?

niesesnose
niesesnose

Right, Mike Francesxa is the mouthpiece if the mets now. Did I miss something? When did he replace Horowitz?

rico
rico

@Starz31  at this point I think you just let it be. If he signs great if he goes elsewhere that's fine too.  Rumors leaked by Scott Boras are tiresome, as is speculation on overpaying an C+ player 

Starz31
Starz31

Despite the hilarity he didn't post anything wrong. Sandy has shown he won't bend to overpay for players not worth it. That's important for a team being rebuilt.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@johnsec125  Wow! You had me going there! I thought for sure Jeffy had snuck on Metsblog!

niesesnose
niesesnose

The Fenway thing is wrong. He has no significant home and away splits.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

A bigger park may bring his homers down but it should actually raise his batting average...more ground to cover for the outfielders...im small parks anything that is not a homerun is easier to get to than in big parks

Starz31
Starz31

Exactly. Thank you for being a voice of reason among a sea full of misguided fans. Overpaying average veteran players is what got us in financial mess in the first place with Phillips and Minaya. It's refreshing to see a GM stick to rebuilding his team right and not overpaying players who won't have a worthy impact.

Starz31
Starz31

@niesesnose  We should be happy this is how it played out. The Mets of old would've signed Cruz to a multi year deal already. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Starz31  Unlike most fans here, I don't have a problem with SA. My problem is the ownership constantly lying to the fans. And putting SA in the position to have to constantly react to the media about changing payroll numbers. Just once I'd like SA to get fed up and say you know what go ask the owners because I have no clue!

Bottom line is I think SA is a good man who has been put in an impossible situation