Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Rumors: Mets still have strong interest, don’t expect to sign him

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.




63 comments
poli42
poli42

have i missed something?  this is stephen drew right?  ...stephen drew.  

Dante Puzzuoli
Dante Puzzuoli

And now the Rays are talking with Seattle for Nick Franklin... The way the Mets FO operates I honestly can't see us getting drew or franklin... and if I have to watch Tejada play SS another year... i don't think I'll be going to any games this year.

NYISLES
NYISLES

Well there are now rumblings online that the Mets and Drew are close to a deal. 

yankeehater
yankeehater

Id love to know how many clicks on Metsblog Stephen Drew stories have generated.

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Next Tuesday's headline: "Drew signs 3 year deal with Braves" lol

lindro88
lindro88

Seems like every year or so Boras has one client he mismanages.  He should have had Drew take the 14m from the Sox.  From the Mets side, if they actually intend to start the season with Ruben Tejada as the SS, leaking out the fact that he doesn't look like he changed much during the offseason is pointless.  All they are doing is setting up the Mets fan base to jump down this guys throat if he happens to start of slowly.  If they don't think this guy is going to give them solid defense, why are they even bothering with him. He isn't going to give us much at the plate.  I actually feel bad for the kid. Spring training is a day or two old, and this guy is already answering questions about what kind of shape he is in.  This is pretty pathetic stuff.  

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Wouldn't the Mets official have made more sense to say "we like Drew but not at the price he's asking, and with Boras as his agent I don't expect him to lower his price to a reasonable amount."?

George Brezny
George Brezny

Do Mets ownership realize who the customers are? This is a no brainer signing for a year or two... Another disappointment this has become. They think we are dumb thinking they can then say well we tried to sign him.. What a joke... Why would he even want to go to the Mets at this point, since they have made such a big deal at of all this. Poor negotiation skills on Mets part.

Albert Dispinseri
Albert Dispinseri

if nick franklin is available than let's make a trade, the guy could hit, because if we can't sign DREW  this year, what makes you think we'll sign a better SS  next year........

Adam Wolf
Adam Wolf

I have strong interest in having David Wright play for my softball team this year. However, I can only afford to pay him 2 beers each post-game. I don't expect to sign him, but I DO have strong interest.

adam
adam

I have a strong interest in Kate Upton, but I don't expect to date her. C'mon Cerrone this is absurd. How about "Mets have a strong interest in Drew, but they're too cheap to sign him." I know, 2015 is really the year!! Let's wait til our best player is past him prime to make a run for it. Very smart Sandy. Maybe we can have an 8 men rotation next year too since Sandy seems to enjoy hoarding pitchers. Why start our best pitcher(Syndegaurd) when you could have Dice-k and the gyro ball?Hey Cerrone, please check and see if Sandy is using a typewriter and a flip phone, because this guy seems to hate using newer, better products.

metstastic
metstastic

For those that want Franklin. We have a player like that. He's called Flores. He came through the system as a SS but projects to be elsewhere. It's why Franklin was brought up to play 2B. Why trade for Franklin when we can just play Flores there (if defense isn't important to you)?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

 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).


I'd fire the person who made this statement.  Schizophrenics should nut be running baseball teams. 








Macacawitz
Macacawitz

They have strong interest.....that's good!


but....


They don't expect to sign him.


Drew is going to be lucky to get a 2 year $24M deal, when he does sign.  If the Mets can't afford to offer a contract in this price range  then they're either NOT that interested in signing him, or they're broke, or the banksters won't sign off on a payroll over $85.   


These headlines are confusing and misleading.  If their interest was "strong", they'd have signed him already.  At least that's what a major league franchise would have done given the fact that he's already come way down from his initial asking price. 



Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

franklin trade makes more sense. cheaper, long term control, switch hitter, murph like extra base hits, can obtain today without increasing payroll

Eric Tosches
Eric Tosches

MetsBlog is just doing this because there isn't much other news to talk about.. and to aggravate us Met fans..

rico
rico

what is METS Blog going to write about  every-day when Drew signs somewhere?

Paul Duffy
Paul Duffy

Sign Nick Franklin, kid is a top prospect (we know Sandy loves that word) but he has already played at a major league level... like D'naude he needs more, steady at bats. The upside is much better than a 31 year old who always gets hurt and a ridiculous asking price with a scumbag agent.

Gimo N Zana Istrefi
Gimo N Zana Istrefi

Drew should fire boras. This was misplayed by boras. Finally he looks like an ass. Clearly no one see Drew worth a 3 year contract for about 40-45 mil

Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

He's is what U call bench filler

Starz31
Starz31

The Mets want Drew, but only for their price, which is the exact way to play it. He has no leverage, it's obvious the rest of the league think's he's overvaluing himself, so there's no reason to bid against yourself.

Regarding that odd statement in the post, it most likely reflects that they want him but that they don't anticipate him wanting to sign for just that one year under $10 million. 

Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

Matt nobody cares about Drew u post strong interest everyday!

lou2565
lou2565

My guess is they ultimately get a 1 year deal worked out worth around 11mil base and another 3 or so in incentives to get him close to the Q.O....I think I'd still prefer Nick Franklin, but not at the cost of Montero...

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

whats a day withiout a Drew story.  S or get off the pot.  i do not like Drew the player but do something a trade from Franklin or sign Drew but stop this already.

Rob Ray
Rob Ray

Drew rates behind Joel Youngblood lifetime, according to baseball reference..no thanks.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

so we should overpay drew,but not attempt to trade for franklin lol.


I won't go higher than 9.5 yr.

jmxse
jmxse

enough already

Jim Zerillo
Jim Zerillo

Make this a template.You can keep posting it periodically through June at least.

rtoye2376
rtoye2376

@metsblog only the mets could have strong interest but don't expect to sign. How dumb

AaronGuerrieri
AaronGuerrieri

@metsblog "I would not be surprised if we sign him, at the same time I don't think it will happen". Makes no sense.

metzsuc
metzsuc

its the first week of sp.  5 or 6 teams need ss did he sign with another team yet? you will be same person after they sign him to 2 year deal  that he sucks

Starz31
Starz31

How have the Mets poorly negotiated this? He's the one that's still a free agent in the first week of Spring Training. The Red Sox must be poor negotiators too, and the rest of the league as well.

The team should only sign Drew for the right price. Anything more than that is overpaying an average player and that would be a dumb move. They're playing this right. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@adam  


- overpaying for position players is a dumb, bad strategy

- rushing prospects like Syndegaard is a dumb, bad strategy

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Macacawitz  But has he come down enough to where it's a fair contract is the question that needs to be answered. 

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@lou2565  I prefer making a deal for Franklin too. I think the potential upside is much higher than Drew. 

rico
rico

@Victor Triguero  why beat up alderson and the mets on the first week or ST, the best time for optimism all year?


They should be beating up James Dolan and his cursed henchmen. Now that is a "situation"



rico
rico

@Sean Matrai  better to over-pay drew than give away a strong prospect like Montero 

slainte2
slainte2

@Sean Matrai  

"i won't go higher than 9.5 yr"

Why not?  Drew would make the team better, and if its 12M or 9.5M, 1 year/2 years, why does it matter to you?  

MLB salaries are not real life, its a system that allows the Mets to pay Harvey half a million dollars next year, and allows FA to earn crazy amounts.  Don't try to make sense of it, just make the team better.  only matters in comparison to alternatives ... peralta over 50M, Gardner 52M ... okay/good players get a lot of money.  Would 11M be a relative overpay for Drew?  probably, but so what, we underpay at other positions and need to improve at SS.  Couple of M too much for that position is worth it to Mets.   

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@nicholasgully90 @metsblog  Franklin is a good option.


I think he can improve at ss defensivley. 

carl delellis
carl delellis

No he should have taken Boston's original offer that's the big mistake. Wasn't Boston at 14.5 qualifying offer

adam
adam

@Olerud42 @adam  Rushing players is a bad strategy? Really? How about Jose Fernandez with Marlins? Mike Trout? King Felix was 19? Kershaw was 20. Griffey Jr. was 19. Cabrera was 19. Mauer was 20. Jeter was 21.  Manny Machado is 21. Garret Cole is 21. 80% of the Cardinals staff is 24 or younger. Matt Moore was 21. Gooden was 18. Cole Hamels was 21. A-Rod was 18. I wouldn't want him to turn out to be like any of those guys.Furthermore, we tried to wait and be cautious with Harvey, and looked how great that worked! Kershaw is basically the same age as Harvey and has 85 more wins! As for overspending, is it your money? Who cares if we're overpaying!!! If you're a bad team you overpay because players don't want to come here! Any player, literally any player league would rather player for the Yankees over the Mets, because the Mets have become a laughing stock. We have to overpay!!! We paid 7.25 million for Chris Young! The Rays wouldn't over him a penny more then 3 million. Talent should play right away, regardless of age. This isn't 1955 anymore. If you're good, you move up. It all applies to most professions these days. The days of seniority over youth are over. That's how it is in corporate America, on Wall St, and successful sports franchises.