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Stephen Drew rumors: Mets unlikely to sign him at his price

The Mets are Red Sox are among the four teams currently showing interest in free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Bowden, Feb. 18), but the Mets are unlikely to sign him at his asking price.

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

Drew may still be seeking as much as $14 million a year, which the Mets have no interest in paying (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, so he will start his spring training at the new Scott Boras training facility in North Miami later this week (Cafardo, Feb. 16).




216 comments
Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

He didn't turn it down don't fool yourseld Boras turned it down. Boras told him a story he believed it.

Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

This team is NOT i repeat NOt making a run at Hanley next year. So get that out of your minds now so you do not get dissapointed next year.

Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

Glorified Utility Infielder?. How many HR's did our Utility infielder hit last year Or even our starting SS?. How many Rbi's did our Utility infielder Have or our starting SS?. enough said.

Javier Brion
Javier Brion

He is so much better than the scrub we have at shortstop right now so SIGN HIM NOW!!!

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

Unless Tejada is going to develop a glove, range, an arm, more speed, any power, the ability to walk and hit for a respectable batting average, he comes into 2014 as quite probably one of the 3 or 4 worst shortstops in the majors. His upside is to be overall slightly below average. His downside is another 2013 making him one of the games black holes at his position. Drew is a slightly better than average defensive shortstop with better than average power at the position and average batting average. His injury history limits any offer to him to a maximum of two years and I can't imagine a scenario whereby the Mets offer more than 2/$20M. However make no mistake. Eliminating a black hole in a lineup that has absolutely no superstars in it is huge not just offensively and defensively but for the pitching staff. Eliminating a black hole in the lineup should boost overall run production by a good 1/3 of a run per game and while that might or might not impact the wins total by more than 2-3 wins and still leave us out of the running, it means our relatively young developing starting rotation doesn't have to go day after day needing to be perfect. The mental and physical stress of knowing you can't allow any runs almost certainly contributed to Harvey's injury and Niese before that and Hefner as well for that matter. I'm all for creating a top notch pitching staff but as a Met fan of over 45 years I've seen those before, many times. You need to put at least a league average offense and defense on the field behind such a staff not maintain it. At the moment, there are huge questions at 1B, C, and SS and we really have no idea what we'll get from all three OF positions but I'm optimistic at least two of them will be league average or better. But that still leaves 4 gaping holes in an 8 man lineup. I figure one will resolve itself, maybe two at C and 1B and there's enough potential in the OF to at least not overly worry abut it here in February. But there's a gaping maw at SS and a perfectly serviceable free agent SS who will likely sign for 3 years or maybe even 2 if we work out some sort of concession on the opt out after one idea.

Evan Schneider
Evan Schneider

STAY AWAY. Be patient Mets. Money needs to be spent the right way

hankypanky
hankypanky

How about sending a writer to the Scott Boras Training Facility? After all, this may be the wave of the future, as distasteful as it may be.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Unless some team suffers a catastrophic injury to their starting SS no one is gonna sign Stephen Drew at that price. Hell, I still can't believe the Phillies ponied-up $16M for A.J. Burnett. Scott Boras has not done this guy any favors. Yankees may bite if Roberts goes down early.

1craigswan
1craigswan

Drew at $7 may be feasible but nothing more than that. He isn't a game changing player. 

Andy Asch
Andy Asch

For the LOVE GOD Stop this.... This guy wants 14m when he knows nobody will give him that money.....Jeez drew just sign with an different team so we do not need to read old news...and also boras is la la land with that price

upstater
upstater

Every time you guys post something you convince Wilpons that people really do care about the team. Want to have some impact? Let's have zero posts for a week. THAT will get you action to improve this pitiful team.

eric88
eric88

The Mets missed their chance to seriously contend in 2014 rather inexpensively if they would have spent like a mid-market team, say 108 million. They should have taken Matt Joyce for Ike before Tampa moved on. Nice big bat off the bench and spot start. Sign Morales for 1B with Duda and DH when they play AL teams, and Drew pushing Tejada to backup infielder to replace Turner and not sign CY or Q using the 8 mil from that on

Rodney or similar. Couple this with Colon and the rotation that will get further influx from Thor/Montero in June and we are right there in 2014 like originally promised.. They Payroll really wouldn't have gone up just adding some of the new TV money{27 mil] to last years payroll

Instead we wait again.

gloveman
gloveman

I can't understand how in the middle of February a player who has not been offered a contract by anyone, and for whom any team has shown anything more than mild interest, could still be seeking the same money he was seeking 4 months ago! Good luck with Scott Boras training camp Drew!

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Every time I see Drew's picture leading another post on MetsBlog I get excited that he may have finally signed somewhere else and we can stop all having these same discussions in the comments section.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Can we get through two days in a row without a Drew to the Mets post . He is not coming unless he decides to lower his demands to 10 million or less for one year.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

To all the Drew bashers. Would you rather give up a third round pick this year and give Drew 9-10 per for 2 years or give up a first round pick next year and get Ramirez or Hardy for 5+ years at 16-17 per? Because you will have Yankees Dodgers and Phillies in market.

And you're hoping they even make it to FA.

Just delusional to think they will be able to get any of these top guys next year

Jason Munn
Jason Munn

No way he's worth 3/$14 per. Let him sign somewhere else.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Memo to MetsBlog: PLEASE!! NO MORE Stephen Drew posts until he signs w/Mets, signs elsewhere or sets up that truly exciting insurance franchise business... Until then (and maybe even then), Keep Drew Off MetsBlog!

metjetnet
metjetnet

Scotty's Baseball Camp for Misfit and Delusional Toys...

Salvatore Vassallo
Salvatore Vassallo

He needs to hurry up lol he isn't worth more than 7 million per year why did he turn down 14 million to play 1 more year for Boston idk. If he gets the money he wants he better play gold glove defense and hit at least 310 with 10-15 home runs and steal 15+ bases

mustang66
mustang66

I believe it's the Mets were putting out the 14 million per number. This way they can deflect the constant ridicule they get for not spending and move it onto drew and Boras

qualcomm
qualcomm

"At the numbers he’s looking for, we don’t think he’s worth it"  Ya know if you do sign him, he'll be asked about this quote.

Dear Jeff,


Please stop talking to the media. 

Love,
The entire fan base

John Vastola
John Vastola

Drew not worth the money. His stats last year were not that good considering he had all of that offense batting around him. His numbers are worse with Mets, so I say PASS!

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Your assesment of Tejada is spot on it a bubble where 2011 and 2012 don't exist.

lausenberg
lausenberg

@Kenneth Meltsner  Burnett was different, he was mulling over retirement (whether or not he really meant it). But I agree, no one should give drew what he wants at this point. I feel like teams know the further ST drags on, the more desperate Drew will be and know they can sign him for probably dirt cheap. If any team gives drew more than 10 mil/year, they made a mistake.

David Wright
David Wright

The loudest message would be to boycott Citi Field on,opening day.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@eric88 Not bad analysis, but I think acquiring a ballplayer is a two way street and you seem to be looking at this only one way... The Mets' way. I'm always thinking the Mets' way too, but I'm not sure all of those other parties involved see it like the Mets.

cj1786
cj1786

I think those moves might improve the team a bit but saying they would have made the team a 'serious contender' is a big big reach. The players you mentioned just aren't that good. They are solid players, just not impact players. Adding them would just be window dressing.

i'm saddened by how right you are

cj1786
cj1786

Yea clearly 'his price' is just not realistic at this point.

gloveman
gloveman

@Tarheel11  there are trades to be made as well. WE will have pitching to deal, so why limit ourselves to Drew or sky high bidding? 

zoddie
zoddie

What if the number is Drew for 3 years, $40m vs Tejada for 3 years $6 million?

If Drew will really take $19m over two years, I'd sign him. I don't think Boras is taking that right now, though.

Michael Solt
Michael Solt

@metjetnet  So, you don't want a Mets news blog to post news pertinent to the Mets. Good job!

zoddie
zoddie

It doesnt matter who is putting it out because at some point Drew is actually going to sign (thank god) and we will all know what he gets.

stemog
stemog

@qualcomm I doubt Jeff gets to comment off the record on anything being the owner. I'm sure that quote came from someone else. Believe me, I wish they'd sell more than anyone, but he didn't make that statement. It came from one of these "reporters" so-called sources.

upstater
upstater

@David Wright Agreed. Not only opening day but in fact until they start to use money to improve the team rather than pay off their debts.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@cj1786  Most major league teams are built around solid players, and 1 to 2 stars max.  I think adding Drew or Morales, or both, would make this team competitive within our division. At least from a fans prospective, we wouldn't have to suffer through watching minor league players round out the line-up.  

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@gloveman @Tarheel11  You're right. And given their financial issues I do think that is the way they are going to have to go. The problem is that's not that simple. There are not a lot of prospect pure SS's out there to get. The top echelon guys will either not be moved or will cost you a Thor or Wheeler and I can't see them doing that. I have said all along that I hope they can get a Sardinas from Texas or Mondesi from KC if they can somehow get it done with a Montero type pitching prospect. But then again these guys are still a year or two away 

I know a guy who played against Sardinas two years ago and he raved about the kid's athletic ability. Said he's just a flat out stud

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Steven Matregrano @Tarheel11  Steven! I know how you love Lowrie! But seriously you want to get locked into that guy? Who's been hurt 5 out of 6 years? And is a bad defensive shortstop? Combine him with Murphy and you're pitching staff might revolt! 

I know you like the guy but for my money, as much as I hate Tejada, I'd almost rather have Tejada and that's saying a lot!

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@zoddie  I'm with you. I just think this is Boras running his mouth and trying to get every last penny for his client, as he should. But I think it's the perfect storm for the Mets. The big market teams aren't in the market this year and the Red Sox are trying to control their payroll by using a legitimate stud prospect. So the Mets are basically competing against small market teams for him. And those teams don't want to give up their first round picks. 

Do I give him 3/40? No. But I don't think they have to. No way anybody gives him 14M per. I just think it's crazy for fans to say oh we'll just sign somebody next year. That's just burying your head in the sand and not being realistic. 

Not that it really matters because I don't think they can afford Drew anyway!

And everybody is bashing Drew personally calling him greedy. This is not Drew, this is Boras. Boras obviously advised him to decline the QO and now Boras is trying to save face. If Drew ends up taking a lower contract everyone will know Boras screwed up. This is Boras scrambling.

Andrew Angus McDuff
Andrew Angus McDuff

@Michael Solt  There's nothing pertinent in this news. In fact, there's no news here. This is just brinksmanship being floated. 


And it's Stephen Drew. We're not talking about Sid Finch here. The difference between the 2014 Mets with Stephen Drew and the 2014 Mets without Stephen Drew are not that vast. In fact, the only major effect a Stephen Drew signing could have would be how it affects the 2015 and possibly the 2016 payroll.


This guy is a chump and Scott Boras is the Antichrist.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@stemog It's absolutely Jeff or at worst, it's Fred since he's been all over camp.  These sorts of quotes have been happening for years, through many GMs and have never been able to be stopped. Who else is it?

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@eric88 @upstater@David Wright I'm sorry, but none of you make any sense to me whatsoever. First of all, it's just baseball. Secondly, spending money doesn't make a great team. Properly allocating resources makes a great team. And overall, your little cabal of a boycott ain't doing &^%$, so you might as well go to the park a few times this year just for the baseball. Also, eric88...if you live close enough to the park as I do, why drive there in the first place and pay those outrageous parking prices? Heck, I'd walk to the park before I paid for parking.

eric88
eric88

@upstater @David Wright  Agreed! I am Boycotting  them the entire season. If my friend gives me free tickets, I will take the subway, no car park money and eat a big meal before the game, no concession money

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

If Drew and Morales could make this team competitive with Atl and Wash Why are they not signed by any other teams yet.Vegas has the Mets winning 72 games so they must be worth about 20 wins.Every team in baseball should be throwing millions of dollars at them.Please,get a clue.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@Tarheel11  Not a chance in the world the Mets sign a big ticket SS next season.  As you mentioned, any of the big SS on the market next season are going to ask for at least 15-18m per, maybe even higher in some instances.