Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Rumors: Yankees out, Sox drifiting

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…




78 comments
Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Signing him to two yrs won't hurt. He's open to playing 2b so next yr if they want to move Murphy and sign a ss they can

chasesimms
chasesimms

Nope.  Don't need him.  It turns out Tejada has been the answer all along!  


(Sarcasm) 

bunky
bunky

I love the way Sandy's playing this Drew situation.

Some people on this site couldn't play poker with the AT&T "It's Not Complicated" kids . . .

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

1 year deal, with an option year based on plate appearances. If he doesnt reach the plate appearances, it becomes a team option. THis way we can be players in the free agent SS class next year if Drew under performs 

(please hold the laughter, i know thinking we'll be players in ANY free agent class is grounds for comedy)...

Chuck Brown
Chuck Brown

Geez, i don't get it. Stehen Drew is a terrific SS, solid in the field and well above average at the plate. He is a great addition to our clubhouse!

You snooze, you lose, and how wil he feel about management holding out all this time. Let's get it done, he is just what we need and all he costs is money!

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Wouldn't be surprised if a sleeper team like the Giants swoop in and sign him out of nowhere

orangeblue
orangeblue

can they just sign him already.  i want to see NEW posts already, im getting sick of the same posts just updated

tommets
tommets

He's going to the Mets. Lineup and bench will improve and I will be very happy with this offseason. Less to do next offseason too plus Harvey's return.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

I think if he is signed for two years, many fans will be satisfied with the off season.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

That said. $7.5 million on  young is awful as well. Mets should have gotten an option year on that at their discretion to at least trade him if he has a good year. Mets will never offer that guy arbitration either. It is wasted money now. Mets should be signing high upside relievers/starters or cheap relievers/starters like Chad Gaudin who signed for 750 k. Anything worthwhile that can be traded down the line for prospects at this year's deadline.



John Cross
John Cross

Drew could literally end up signing with the Mets by default

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

@victor leoHe is cheap. Doesn't cost us resources to use toward something else. He is a marginal upgrade at best and not the best way to upgrade. I would rather have O Flaherty for 2 years at $8 million. At least next year you can use  him for the real chance year or trade him. Drew on a one year deal is awful. Losing a 3rd rounder for 1 year. You would have to sign him to 2 years to make it worthwhile and I don't think this guy is good enough

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Along with a salary cap, baseball needs a salary floor.  If you institute a hard cap at the current luxury tax level of $189M, there should also be salary floor at $100M.  It would prevent toxic franchises from diluting the game, and unscrupulous owners from screwing their fans while lining their pockets.  

victor leo
victor leo

If he is a bum or mediocre, what is Tejada

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Pass on this bum. he can't stay healthy and even when he does, he is mediocre...

mets2014
mets2014

as I have said in prior posts, give drew 3 years with $6M guaranteed per year...add $1M for 450 ABs...$2M for 500 ABs...$3M for 550 ABs etc...following this trend he could make his $10M by staying healthy...at the very least the contract would be very tradable if they find their future SS via trade 

victor leo
victor leo

Has everyone not seen enough of Tajada?, You need to sign Drew, but the Mets are so lost and cheap. If they let this guy go, than you know Sandy Alderson is clueless.

SaltyGary
SaltyGary

Where do things at SS and with Stephen Drew?

anon imus
anon imus

Here we go again. Another day and another post on Metsblog about Drew. Give it up. We don't need him. find a real baseball story to write about.

Ahmed Kamel
Ahmed Kamel

Ugh. After the Yankees signings this offseason. I don't really care anymore about Drew. I don't care about the Mets signing Lannan. I just want a change in ownership. A new GM and for the Mets to be relevant. I mean this is so embarrassing. Here, the Yankees are year after year, competitive, relevant and the Mets find it so hard to have a winning season let alone even make the post season just once. I'm so sick this. In a city like New York, the Mets should be spending. Not finding little ways to build a winning team consistently. By the time Alderson gets the Mets their first winning season, Wrights career will be going downhill and almost over, they will be outbid by other teams when Harvey and Wheeler hit free agency, and we will be having the same convo then as we are now. Every single year, we are waiting for next year. Sell the team already.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Yankees will spend a hundred million with more ease than the Mets spend a million.   Something's gotta change.  

KHernandez83
KHernandez83

I'm tired of the Yankees. They spend so much money while the Mets spend their money on crap. Chris Young was a dumb idea. They should have used that money on Drew and call it a day.

archer41
archer41

Mets should offer a 2 year deal.  Why?  It's a clear upgrade at a weak position for the team and they don't have anyone in the near term in the minors who Drew would be blocking over 2 years.  

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Looks like the music has stopped, and Boras might be still looking for a chair for Drew.  Looks like he'll be lucky to get a two year deal.  Hope the Mets get him on a one year deal, but I also hope they don't overpay at this point.

lindro88
lindro88

What has to be written in order for a comment not to be deleted?  How about... Love the job the Wilpons have done, keep it up!

drmetfan
drmetfan

All roads lead to Drew signing a 1 year deal. Who will be the team he signs with remain to be seen. But given the Mets need and interest I could see him playing SS for the Mets next year. 

victor leo
victor leo

@Michael Suna@victor leo I guess, maybe I am just down on Tejada and also down on the fact the Yankees just keep getting who they want. We will see what happens

Alan J Tepper
Alan J Tepper

@MacacawitzThe A's spent less than $70M and they did just fine.  Pittsburgh spent even less.  I'm just saying that spending less than $100M doesn't necessarily mean the owner is unscrupulous.


Young Ki
Young Ki

@Ahmed KamelSo how did the Bay, Santana, Ollie, Castillo contracts work out?  It's not about being in NY market or spending half billion to put a winning team.  It's about spending smart and spending on value.  You simply cannot spend stupid money just because your neighbor is spending like stupid.

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

@Macacawitz Yeah, a salary cap.  If you ever want to be able to enjoy your Mets fandom, you should not compare the $$ spent to the Yankees.  Wilpon's aren't going anywhere, so it remains like comparing apples and oranges.  These Mets teams are going to have to pay for their own additions by winning ballgames as youngsters.

KHernandez83
KHernandez83

@Macacawitz Madoff screwed things up but it makes no sense why the Yankees can sign 3 blockbuster deals in less than 2 months. And can't sign Drew for 2 years.

archer41
archer41

@KHernandez83 Agreed.  I'd rather allocate the $7M to Drew than Young.  However, maybe they get both.  We'll see.  It's only January.

trouble
trouble

@archer41 The reason that there aren't any teams that want to commit more than a year to Drew has everything to do with the SS market being stacked next offseason.

Asdrubal Cabrera

Hanley Ramirez

Yunel Escobar

J.J. Hardy

Jed Lowrie

Rafael Furcal

Derek Jeter

Jimmy Rollins

John McDonald

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Nick Punto

Mike Aviles

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

@archer41 What if an actual above-average SS did become available in the next 365 days, but we couldn't make a deal, cause we just spent $10mill on a league-average SS?  I'd rather stick with our cheap, slightly below league-average SS for a few more months.    I'd be okay with a 1 year deal.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@archer41I think 3 years is fine too and could be cheaper per year.  Gavin Cecchini is probably 2 years away from his cup-of-coffee year.  I live in Boston and saw Drew first-hand a ton this year and he is Rey Ordonez with one of the best bats at the position.  Also, his numbers won't be sacrificed due to Citi Field either as Fenway is VERY difficult for lefties with that right field wall being the distance of a center field wall and the fact that our right field is Yankee Stadium's porch compared to it...

tommets
tommets

@SuperDuper @Mr. SERCH Hardy, Lowrie, or Escobar. I'm going to assume Hanley resigns with the Dodgers and if he doesn't he'll be looking for big money. Cabrera will be up there too on long-term. Hardy could probably go either way as well as Lowrie. The best bet is to do what Serch said so that if there are no options next year they aren't screwed.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

@victor leo@Michael Suna Never said Tejada was any good either. But the team isn't going anywhere this year. At least lets give Tejada one more shot. If he stinks, they make him a backup or trade him or cut him

Ahmed Kamel
Ahmed Kamel

I mean if we are calling out players I will give you 3 solid contracts of my own. Beltran, Wright, Delgado, Piazza. And for the record, I even commented back when we signed Bay saying he was a bad signing. I knew and said he would be a bust. I mean just look. The Mets have made the playoffs JUST TWICE in the past 14 years. That is so horrific, especially from a big market New York team. I don'T know how you can't sit there and accept this mindset any longer. The Yankees are a winning ball club. They are spending but not necessarily stupid. They make the post season every single year. Now I'm not saying go out and spend $400+ mil like the Yankees, but we can't even get to $100 mil!! I mean here we are just PRAYING for just a playoff push in the coming years, an exciting November, waiting for the future to arrive in the dugout, and the Yankees miss ONE PLAYOFF and they do everything in their power to make sure it doesn't happen again. How are they stupid? That's just a blind a Mets fan talking. You need to look at the bigger picture. Say all you want about the Yankees spending, but somehow, every player they sign seems to workout for them.

We let our most exciting player in a decade in Jose Reyes walk without offering him a contract or getting anything in return. I blame the Wilpons but I also blame Alderson. There is absolutely nothing you can say that will convince me that Alderson would spend he money if he had it. The man is cheap. How and why he spent money on Colon but won't spend it on Drew when he knows for sure that he will be easily outbid on any top free agent shortstop is beyond me. Don't be fooled, we don't stand a chance with next years possible free agent class if they even make it to free agency at all.

Look, I need an interesting season. I am so sick of looking at Tejada. He will NEVER amount to anything. Im so sick of Lucas Duda and Ike Davis. Juan Lagares, not even close to being sold on him. Daniel Murphy, let's hope he continues again. Satin, Omar, all of these guys make me sick yet year after year one of them finishes the last few weeks strong and we get all excited that it will carry on to the next season. No way. I'm done listening to all the lies, all the expectations for such an irrelevant bunch of players. The Mets need to spend, they need better hitters. We have promising pitching but they will all suffer Harvey's low run support fate if we keep these guys around. I'm sick of always waiting for next year to come. We have been waiting for next year for 8 long years.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Joshua Shapiro @Macacawitz Baseball doesn't need a salary cap, the Mets need new ownership.  Even with a salary cap, the frauds who own this team would still run it into the ground.  

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@KHernandez83 They've spent a half billion dollars this off season.....and they're not alone.  The Dodgers, and even the Mariners have spent obscene amounts of money.  The Kansas City Royals are going into this season with a higher payroll than the Mets.  Something's gotta change.

drmetfan
drmetfan

@trouble Sign Drew to a one year deal ONLY. Next year SS FA class is way better and there are more options. HanRam is the guy the Mets should go after if the Dodgers don't resign him before he hits free agency. 

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@SuperDuper @Mr. SERCH @tommets yeah i hear what you're saying. And yes ,ur right that nobody wants him at his current contract "demands"....and youre right again, once arbs are all done, teams will have a better sense of their finances, and next thing you know, spring training will begin and who knows who will falter or get injured...if a team is desperate enough, they'll give him 2 or 3 years guaranteed....thats why the Mets need to act NOW, get him thinking that what we offer is the best he's going to get, even if it isnt what he's been holding out for. I for one am NOT a ruben tejada hater; i think he can bounce back and be a pretty good SS---but he's not a guy u WANT to count on everyday for the next 10 years. Signing Drew suddenly give us depth at a position we lacked it in, and it may motivate Ruben to play hard and come to camp in the best shape of his life. 

Sandy and the Wilpons need to start getting serious and accept the fact that nearly EVERY baseball player is overpaid and start realizing that this IS the market of the game today. Players like drew WILL wind up getting 10 mil a year, for 2-4 years...it is what it is. Either get on board or watch the game pass u by

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@tommets @SuperDuper @Mr. SERCH THanks...i def dont think they will can sign someone for a 1 or 2 year deal next year. If they feel that certain options like the ones u said (and yes, i agree hanley will be a dodger, probably sign an extension soon) are better for a longer investment (3-5 year deals) then they cant commit themselves to anyone except Tejada now. However, i feel (as well as some other fans do too) that they have to upgrade SS NOW, and that leads us to one person, Drew. He has his question marks, and his contract desires, so he's not just gonna sign for peanuts cuz we want him to. If they can come to an agreement where he gets a decent pay day this year, then an option that kicks in based on great play on the field in 2014, it's a win-win for both teams. No reason to give a guaranteed 2 year deal to someone they arent begging to have play SS for them, especially if a) theres better options next year and b) drew has a slight injury history. 


Obviously this is all moot if the Mets DONT want to open up the payroll and pay big bucks for a better SS upgrade next year. 


So, a 1 year deal for 2014 with say 8 million guaranteed, with an automatic 8-10 million option based on 550 ABs, would be fine, since he will have proven he can not only stay healthy, but can perform (because i'm sure they wont play someone for 550 ABs if he's hitting below .220)...then, on the flip side, if he's doing great in Queens, but then DOES get a freak injury or just normal wear and tear injuries and doesnt get to 550 AB, at least the Mets would still have the option to keep him and not worry about SS for another year. 


ANd ultimately, i think this is what WILL happen. It just makes too much sense for all parties involved.....also, if drew hits 550 ABs and has the chance to decline the option, Boras will be happy because then he can go back out on the free agent market and possibly score a bigger, longer term deal. Almost every scenario helps both player and team