The Mets, Yankees and Red Sox have been most connected to free-agent SS Stephen Drew in reports during the last few weeks.
However, after signing Masahiro Tanaka, it’s been reported that the Yankees are done with major spending and player acquisitions for this offseason, according to a source (Reiber, Jan. 22).
Also, in regards to their roster, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said he’s happy with the team he has, and, “We feel like we’re in good shape to start the season.” The Red Sox continue to talk with Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, out of respect for what he did in 2013, the GM said (Herald, Jan. 21). However, he added, “I think the time that’s being spent on (Drew (in the media) is not necessarily consistent with the time we’re spending on it.”
As for the Mets, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, “They like [Drew], but are not, like, super hot for him or anything, and they can wait”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
As I said on Tuesday, there is not a lot of buzz about Drew these days, according to people familiar with the free-agent market. Interested teams see him as a one- to two-year player at no more than $10 million a year. Of course, Boras and Drew still want at least a three-year deal. However, if Boston is only offering a one-year deal, and if the Yankees are out of it, and if left to weigh a collection of two-year offers, maybe the Mets have a better shot than I initially thought…