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Stephen Drew rumors: Mets still active, despite public disinterest

According to a rival GM, Sandy Alderson and the Mets are still interested in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Gammons, Jan. 2), despite their public stance on being pleased with current SS Ruben Tejada (Ricciardi, Dec. 30).

Alderson’s public support of Tejada could very well be a negotiation tactic with Scott Boras, according to the GM, who believes the Mets have concerns about the up-the-middle play of Travis d’Arnaud, Tejada and Juan Lagares (Gammons, Jan. 2).

The Red Sox feels they have leverage in negotiations with Drew and Boras and may soon make a one-year, take-it-or-leave-it offer (Abraham, Dec. 27). The Mets are reportedly only interested in signing Drew to a one- or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23Cafardo, Dec. 22).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It’s starting to read like the Red Sox will take Drew back, but they’d probably prefer he sign with another team so that they can freely move on with their young infielders. I mean, if they really, really wanted Drew, negotiations could have been over by now… and yet they drag on. My hunch is that Boras is hoping he can get the Mets and Sox to bid against each other and raise Drew’s price a bit, so a team like the Astros or Twins might panic and give him a three-year deal. I don’t think that’s going to happen, though.




121 comments
Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

With good internal options already on their roster, it is hard to understand why the Red Sox might elect to spend another $10-$12 million on Drew. It is doubly hard to think that they would offer Drew any more than one year. For those reasons, it seems that the Mets are in the driver's seat. If Alderson really wannts Drew, all that is needed is to offer a 2nd year.

Wait it out and then pull the trigger, Sandy.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Why would the Astros or Twins panic if the Mets and Redsox starting bidding on Drew? I don't get that one.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Also since it's not secret that the Red Sox keep hinting that they prefer to go without Drew.  So this is the first red flag that Boras is trying to use the Red Sox into getting the Mets and whomever to bid against themselves.  The Red Sox are not re-signing Drew.  Just wait it out.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

It's not like this is a surprise from a Boras client.  He's become VERY predictable in waiting for a desperate team to bid against themselves.  That being said, it has almost always worked because there is almost always a desperate team out there.

Drew is not going to be the end all be all for the Mets.  Just wait it out.  Boras is going to drag this til the end of January anyway.

losmets86
losmets86

Another point about Drew is XBH, Wright, Murphy, Granderson and EYjr are XBH machines so Drew would bring more versatility. Drew has 210 2B, 60 3B and 90 HR in 1500 AB = .450 SLG.

Sign Drew, he brings a lot to the table IMO.

Richard J Brienza
Richard J Brienza

Good lord just sign the f'n guy already..please stop comparing him with Tejada just christ i'm going to puke,he's the gum on the bottom of a shoe compared to Drew

drmetfan
drmetfan

The more Drew remains a FA the better chance the Mets have to signing him. 

David Wright
David Wright

Drew is a near perfect fit for the Mets. Good guy and leadership with, now, winning experience. Excellent upgrade to what was the least offensive production of any team.

tommets
tommets

Red Sox keep hinting that they prefer to go without Drew. I'm guessing they're fine with Middlebrooks and Bogaerts on the left side. Drew could be fit in the 2 hole which can put Murphy at the 5 spot. That brings a lot more depth behind Wright and Granderson. If we don't sign Drew Murphy will stay in the 2 hole and will have to put CYoung, 1st baseman(whoever that will be) in the 5 hole. I say sign Drew for no more than 2/22.

bruceleroy
bruceleroy

I really don't understand the impatience with some of you guys on here. There is no point in freaking out over every bit of news or non news about Stephen Drew. Nothing is going to happen until Boston offers a contract or says they are out. Sandy won't offer anything until he knows what the market is for Drew. One thing Sandy doesn't do is bid against himself. Why would he offer Drew a two year deal now if is he has NO OFFERS? You stand pat at 1 year or no deal until the Red Sox(the team he wants to play for) makes a move. There is no point in offering a contract right now just to appease an impatient fanbase. There is a long while until the start of the season. So relax with the insults about being cheap because they aren't offering a contract to a guy who has no market until something forms. 


The Mets have already added approximately $90 Million in new contracts. The payroll is what it is right now. increasing payrolls too drastically and haphazardly will make you the Marlins or the Blue Jays where you have all this expensive talent that doesn't work well together and you still have no fans at games. It is a process...

sayhey24
sayhey24

I dont think anyone can reasonably argue that a healthy Drew wouldn't be an upgrade over Tejada.  The only questions would be how much of an upgrade would he really be and would it be enough to vault us into contention?  Hard to answer those.  On another note, has anyone discussed why the Yanks would go after an aging and an injury prone outfielder as opposed to resigning Granderson?  Do they really thing Beltran and Ellsbury will be that much better, or did they see something in Granderson that made them question his future productivity?

Daniel Ralat
Daniel Ralat

The Mets really don't have a legit prospect at SS thats major league ready in the next few years. Why wouldn't they just give Drew the two years with an option on a third year?


Metsnow
Metsnow

Sign Drew now!!!  Tejada is a lightweight. Drew would be a huge upgrade over the weak hitting and inconsistent defense that Tejada brings to the table.

fourwedges
fourwedges

"Alderson’s public support of Tejada could very well be a negotiation tactic with Scott Boras, according to the GM, ..."    

What?  is Sandy calling himself out?

Joe Tipaldo
Joe Tipaldo

Make a two year offer that has a deadline. give them a week to sign, else the deal gets pulled.


Time to call everyone's bluff: if boston really wants him back, they will react with a matching or better offer. But if they don't, then this puts a lot of pressure on Drew. if there really isn't much of a market for Drew, and it is really between the mets and boston, then Drews value will only go down if he turns the mets down because no team is going to offer better than two years.


I for one prefer to have the roster set sooner rather than later. just get this done already. and if the mets don't make any offers to Drew, then I think the fallout will be much worse than if they never went after granderson. all the talk we've seen around granderson is that he is a good fit and helps the team but the talk around drew is that his acquisition makes them competitive.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

I like the idea of the Mets signing Drew for two reasons 


1. Drew seems to be valuable not only by what he brings as a hitter, but the intangibles he brings as well. He seems to be one of those gritty players that are good but not great players who have that X-factor you need to win a pennet (Red Sox were filled with them last year, Victorino, Napoli, Drew ext) 


2. Adding Drew would only add to the assets the Mets have. Tejada still has potential to be a starting caliber SS...if Tejada figures it out, one of them could become trade bait down the road...


if you're gonna sign a guy like Drew (or Morales), you might as well because the pick is protected 

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

2 yr $22Mil or 2 yr $20Mil.

RobPatterson83
RobPatterson83

@AVSNY I think it gets done. I wrote when JP went on the radio in Boston that it was an act to reduce his market. Still believe that..

losmets86
losmets86

Many people on this blog say the Mets should wait til next offseason to sign  a SS from a better FA pool.  What makes you think those players want to sign with the Mets. Drew at 2 yrs is better than Tejada flaking out and being an easy out. The Mets don't have any real SS prospects, Bay was a homerun hitter who forgot how to hit homeruns, Drew has been a solid hitter all of his career, it is not a big leap to sign him for 2 yrs.  


Money should not be an issue to sign Drew, besides who else are the Mets going to sign this offseason anyway, Morales or a legitimate veteran pitcher til Harvey returns.


IMO sign Drew for 2 yrs for 24!

bkfinest85
bkfinest85

@AVSNY is it bad that I actually expect the Mets to sign him to a 2 yr deal

cliffy44
cliffy44

Get rid of Tejada, d'Arnaud and Davis; and replace the three of them with players that have the potential of taking The Mets to 2014 post season play; in spite of Terry Collins; who is the actual worst thing to happen to the Mets, since Keith Hernandez started announcing for the Mets.
Thank GOD that MLB.com allows alternate audio; as I'm hoping that Howie Rose makes the trip from WFAN to WOR.
Hernandez was one of the most talented fielder / hitters in Mets' History; and would be invaluable as a hitting And / or a fielding coach.

DaveTheRave31
DaveTheRave31

@AVSNY I'd give him the 2 years. But I'd also let Boras wait a little while longer. If he decides to go to BOS for 1yr, oh well

dr4sight
dr4sight

@AVSNY I think are doing another Michael Bourn here. They hope Drew signs with Boston or elsewhere, then they'll say they were in it

KMO82
KMO82

@Herb Goldstein I just find it hard to believe that a Boras client would go back to a team for less then the qualifying offer.  It looks like the Red Sox would re-sign him if it were a one year deal in the 8-10 million dollar range which is far less then the qualifying offer Drew declined.  Boras doesn't like to lose!

foley
foley

@Bryan McEntee 


I agree.... these are not teams that will both spend money AND give up a draft pick......

mustang66
mustang66

you can't get a teamlike the Mets to bId against themselvesbecause they don't spend any money to begin with

mustang66
mustang66

Bruc.e, what is the big deal with a second year? Are they magically not going to need a shortstop next year? Also this team is far from even being an average hitting team so any help offensively might make them competitive and make those anxious Mets fans buy some tickets. After all isn't that their objective. I know I'm not at the point yet where I'm going to spend my money where they still have holes to fill and then not willingto spend thiers

zootv
zootv

@nym4lyfe only the Mets would haggle over an extra million bucks annually for two years

Hodges14
Hodges14

@BronxMetFan @AVSNY

You might be right but when you look at it, it really doesn't make much sense to stop here.  They have spent the money on legit upgrades in Granderson and Colon but those upgrades on their own are not enough to make this a winning team.  I have to believe there is more to come or there was no reason to spend any money this winter.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@losmets86

Besides all of that... no one knows which, if any, of those shortstops will actually make it to free agency next year.  In the meantime the Mets would have pissed away a (another) year of Wright's (and now Granderson and Colon's) career.

strato
strato

@cliffy44 Get rid of d'Arnaud based on 100 at bats? And Hernandez the worse thing that's happened to Mets in the last three years? Cliffy, do you have a clue? As to Collins, Miller Huggins couldn't have won with this team

ac0814
ac0814

You are a clown.

MythGavin
MythGavin

@dr4sight @AVSNY Even if that was the case, there is no reason to do that now, being as they already spent money.

MythGavin
MythGavin

@dr4sight @AVSNY Why would they ever do that? That is such a waste of time for both sides, with little to nothing in return.

dave27a
dave27a

@dr4sight @AVSNY Why do they need to "say" they were in it when they just doled out 3 legitimate free-agent contracts?


I hope they are doing a Bourn here in that they are waiting to see if they can get a guy they only value at a certain price at that price.  Just because it didn't work out with Bourn doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile approach.

RobPatterson83
RobPatterson83

@tim55081 @AVSNY Mets offer the best opportunity for both playing time and financial security. Unless the Mets don't want to spend $20-$25M

dr4sight
dr4sight

@MythGavin @AVSNY Because they want to make it look like they're trying to improve but don't really want to spend to do it.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Eric Koeller @Hodges14 @losmets86 Hard to say... they could re-sign, they could get traded and sign with their new teams, they could get injured during the year and be undesireable as free agents next year, they could get qualifying offers and cost a 1st round draft pick from the team that signs them.  Free agency is best played in the current year.  It's difficult to predict future free agent classes.

dr4sight
dr4sight

@MythGavin @AVSNY Because they continue to lose money and prefer to not lose an additional $10 to $20 million.