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Stephen Drew Rumors: Slim chance he ends up on Mets

Stephen Drew‘s friend says there is a very slim chance the free-agent shortstop signs with the Mets (NY Post, Mar. 6).

Sandy Alderson recently told the MLB Network that Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, are using a strategy that may keep him on the open market until June, which would help eliminate any draft pick compensation.

As of late February, the Mets still had strong interest in signing Drew (NY Post, Feb. 25). They reportedly offered him a one-year, $9.5 million deal, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21).




86 comments
poli42
poli42

This is Strephen Drew NOT Barry Larkin or Ripken! Have I missed something??

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

You know, the old "I'd fall over if they offered me $9.5 million to play shortstop for the Mets" comments are getting a bit out of hand.  The man made $9.5 million last year, and turned down a qualifying offer.  I am no fan of Scott Boras (remember Oliver Perez), but you have to think that offering Drew $9.5 million for one year (knowing next year he will be considered a lower tier free agent shortstop in the group available) really looks like Alderson give Boras a big middle finger during the negotiations.

To borrow Boras' analogy from the Winter meetings, the Mets aren't looking for Neil Armstrong, they're looking for a space monkey.

They probably could have gotten him at around $11 million for two years.  If not, then I have no problem with Sandy moving on.

Edwin Cruz
Edwin Cruz

We are the point where Collins is batting the pitcher 8th. You mean to tell me that Drew couldn't help this Mets team

metsmorize
metsmorize

For the record...Curtis Granderson's friend insisted he wouldn't sign with the Mets either

rico
rico

I went into a great bakery last week and the lovely owner told me about the brownies ( no not those kind:). They were made with all natural everything and she said they were insanely delicious. I'm not one to dispute so i said "sure i'll take one". Then the baker said"ok that's $8.55 with tax". Whoa whoa whoa $8.55 for a BROWNIE? I slowly walked backwards out of the shop. I would not be buying an 8 and a half buck freaking Brownie, no matter how cute the bakery girl was.

This is similar to what Sandy and the METS are experiencing Drew and Boras. The Mets were willing to pay Drew around 9 or 10 million for a year or two of service but Boras is holding fast at 14 mil for 3-4 years. That's a lotta dough for a Brownie or an average SStop.

Of course the Mets are interested but not at that price. Hard for most humans to understand how being offered 9 million to play a season of baseball would be turned down by ANYONE? Remember when Knicks star Latrell Sprewell balked at 27 million dollars saying " i've got mouths to feed"? He never played as a pro again.

I dunno, if someone offered me 9 million to work half a year 162 days or less, that buys a lot of overpriced brownies. Addendum: saw a sign on the lovely bakery yesterday "CLOSING THIS WEEK" . Pretty baker must have Scott Boris as an agent.

Bill Prior
Bill Prior

Funny thing about Scott Boras clients.  More often that not ... waaaay more often than not, the player is overpaid, for more years than anyone could see that player being productive, and the team usually gets the very short end of the stick.  Could it be that GMs have finally caught on to this?

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

Just walk away from Drew, a solid but not special shortstop represented by the lowest common denominator agent in MLB. Franklin should be our target, period. If the Mets want to contend this year, this transaction is both obvious AND attainable: deal from our strength, and trade a young arm for a potential 3-7 year starting SS. 

rico
rico

somebody offers you 9 million dollars to play baseball (probably 140 games for one year) , you and your agent decide to hold out for 14 million and guaranteed 3 years.  Nobody wants to give you that. 


Do you go play baseball for 9 million or do you sit at home and let your agent play chicken with 30 teams who know you are really worth maybe 2 million in this insane sports world .  If this was the real world you'd be a middle manager pulling 45K  year (Drew)...


Mets offered 2 years 9 or 10 million. It;s spring training, when baseball players play ball and not money games. 


Screw-Drew and Boras!  


I'm all for upgrading at SS but not with this guy, no way.


Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

Boras and Drew clearly overestimated their value to EVERY team in baseball. They also underestimated how CHEAP the Mets are.

I can kind of understand them getting their value wrong, but the cheapness of the Lying, Thieving Wilpons is a matter of public record. Nice job Boras, you screwed another one of your clients.

Side note: I saw a help wanted sign down at Shop Rite. Maybe they'll offer Drew a mulit-year deal.

Rick Focks
Rick Focks

Remember how this whole problem would've been avoided had they just resigned Jose.

Manny Montes
Manny Montes

We won't sign him with that opt out clause that he he wants after a yr, so can u stop with this shot already!

Sal
Sal

The Mets would still be better off with Drew than Tejada, but Boras and Drew screwed the pooch on this one.


At this point they're sitting back and hoping someone's starting SS tears an ACL in March.  I'd be surprised if he got 1 year and anything over $8 million now.

Mario Caraballo
Mario Caraballo

stoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop with drew already!

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

So many things can happen between now and Opening Day but I have a sneaky feeling that Drew is about to get screwed big-time. He's clearly counting on a level of desperation from some club out there (perhaps even the Yankees). The guy is a competent SS but hardly an elite player. Boras is not doing him any favors.

jlga
jlga

We don't need this guy. We've got Ruben Tejada. If he doesn't work out there's always Omar Quintanilla.

Andy
Andy

You know what, screw this guy. Sick of it now. Ruben Tejada gonna have a bust out year.

Dave Rodriguez
Dave Rodriguez

Thanks for the continuing updates on his not signing with us. This hasn't really even qualified as Mets-related news for some time. Not sure why Metsblog is fixated on this topic.

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

Funny. I remember a friend of Granderson's said the same thing. Regardless, I'd rather have Franklin.

Shawn Kelleher
Shawn Kelleher

That would cost money and small market mets dot do that...

Michael Solt
Michael Solt

I'd rather overpay for Drew at 2/$20mil as opposed to giving up any of our top pitching talent. Hell, I'd rather live through two seasons of Tejada than give up Wheeler, Thor or Montero.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Laughable.  Next we will see stories of his bowel movements from the Dr.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

We're posting what friends say now?

Friends that may want to see a team give his pal a shiny 2 year $28M deal?

Colin Kelly
Colin Kelly

How many time are we going to hear that he wont sign with the Mets? I understand its different sources but MetsBlog needs to understand the Drew-fatigue of the fans.

Josh Eppard
Josh Eppard

I also wonder how much the draft pick has hindered Drew's chances. Certainly it is a factor but idk if it is THE REASON that he is not signed. I think the general consensus is that his worth is not what he and Boras thought it was. Ok master of the obvious there but he may have a rude(r) awakening if he waits till June and still finds he doesn't have the kind of offers he wants.

owlnut
owlnut

Enough already about Drew. He's not coming to the Mets so cut the BS. No need to report continued rumors about him.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@rico You might have missed the chance of going to the playoffs (aka: bedroom) with that girl though, just because you passed on that brownie.

rico
rico

 I'm guessing Boras is angling for a Yankee late signing.  

dous_nj
dous_nj

@Sal  i promise you if a starting SS on an MLB team goes down with a significant injury this spring, some douchebag GM will overpay him.  Somehow, Boras usually wins no matter what.

lindro88
lindro88

@Kevin VanTassell  Franklin is really better suited to play second base, and is going to cost us a good player. He has a good bat, and would be a much more exciting option than Tejada, but the Mariners are going to want quality back. 

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

They must be offering market value because nobody seems to be offering more.If Drew would take a 2 year deal why doesn't he propose it to the Mets?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Victor Triguero If this is a just a penny pinching strategy, why is Drew working out at Camp Boras? It's obviously not just the Mets who find his demands unreasonable. I'd like to think the Mets might sign him for 2/20 million, but the problem is that he wants something like 3/42 million. He's obviously better than what we have, but he's just not that good to be asking anywhere close to $14 million a year.

lindro88
lindro88

@Andy  As long as you don't mean bust out of his uniform, I'm all for it!

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Really,what would have happened if Drew had accepted the9 .5/1 deal?They would have acquired a SS then.

lindro88
lindro88

@Victor Triguero  It seemed like every time they were rumored to be closer to signing Drew, the majority of people on this blog, thought they were over paying for a "middling, aging SS."  I don't agree with that, but that seemed to be the consensus.  

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

@Michael Solt  Franklin wouldn't cost Wheeler or Syndergaard. But I understand not wanting to give up top pitching talent. 

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@BringBackDaveTelghe I think you should be more upset that a major print publication like the NY Post is printing news stories about what someone's friends say, rather then what some blog who references the article says.

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

@lindro88 @Kevin VanTassell  At some point we have to give up the mindset of wanting quality without giving up quality. Drew is older and not as good. Also costs more money. Tejada and Quintanilla need no explanation. This kid is young, good, and a decent fielder. He can definitely grow into shortstop. 

lindro88
lindro88

@Pete Brilvitch @Victor Triguero  Very true, if he is still holding on to thoughts of 14m per, its a non issue.  If he could be had for two years at 22 or so, I'd be in favor of it.  Having good infield defense is so important to this team.  Assuming they don't sign Drew, I think they should be going after the best defensive SS possible.  Tejada can't provide offense, or range.  That is worst of both worlds.  

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

what's lost in this conversation is that Drew is just an average SS; if he were in the class of Furcal in his prime, then I can go along with a contract of 14 mil a year...but he's not.  This guy is just average Joe Shortstop and I would just sit tight and wait for the market to come to me...The Mets have all the leverage as there are other options that may net them a solid SS.  So Boras can just keep Drew in his back pocket...and good luck netting him a 3 yr @14 mil contact.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Mike DeRosa @Mark Kelly@nymetsrule@rico What happens if we buy the brownie (Boras price), but the bedroom performance isn't all that it's cracked up to be? We wake up the next morning (year) with guilt and shame trying to get rid of this girl, but we can't since we still have two more years and 28 million left on the contract.