The Mets still have a ‘strong interest’ in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew, according to two sources (NY Post, Feb. 25).
“I would not be surprised if we signed Drew, but, at the same time, I don’t expect it to happen,” a Mets official said (NY Post, Feb. 25).
The Mets reportedly offered him a one-year, $9.5 million deal, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21).
The team that signs him is required to give their top draft pick as compensation. In the Mets case, Drew would cost a third-round pick, since their first pick is protected and they surrendered their second pick when signing Curtis Granderson.
However, in an effort to eliminate draft pick compensation, Drew could wait until June to sign with a team, his agent Scott Boras said (Rosenthal, Feb. 24).
The Mets, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Pirates, Yankees and A’s have all been said to have interest to Drew in the last few weeks.