Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets do not want to lock in to free-agent SS Stephen Drew beyond a one-year deal, I’m hearing from people close to the team, mostly because Asdrubal Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, Jed Lowrie and Hanley Ramirez, among others, are likely to be free agents next winter.
My understanding is that, for similar reasons, Drew is looking to sign at least a two- or three-year deal.
In other words, it’s a possibility – not a probability – the Mets end up signing Drew, according to Mets insiders, but they think they’re being used by Scott Boras to help get his client a better deal from the Red Sox (Rubin, Jan. 5).
If I had to bet, I’d say Boras is using the Mets and the Red Sox to get a better deal out of a third team that isn’t getting a lot of attention. This is usually how he operates. He pits Team A against Team B, he hounds them incessantly, then out of nowhere and with no warning in the press, the player signs with Team C for more than anyone expected and we all say, “How did that happen?” I get the feeling this is one of those situations…
Boston isn’t desperate for Drew. And, while he’d be an upgrade in Queens, there are shortstops still available in trade, such as Dee Gordon and Didi Gregorius. This may be part of the reason Sandy Alderson is trying to get a pitcher for Ike Davis, because it might help justify parting with one of similar quality to get a shortstop. Or, Alderson could again bet on Ruben Tejada, before taking a crack at next year’s more inspiring free-agent class.