Red Sox SS Stephen Drew could end up signing a three- or four-year deal worth around $12 million a season, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman predicts.
This October for the Red Sox, Drew is just 4-for-42 with two RBI and 15 strikeouts.
Sherman feels the Mets and Yankees need to strongly consider Drew’s post-season struggles if they are going to pursue him as a free agent this winter.
In 124 games with Boston in 2013, Drew hit .253 with a .333 OBP and .777 OPS, 13 home runs and 67 RBI with 54 walks and 124 strikeouts. However, he hit just .194 against left-handed pitching.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Assuming a deal for Troy Tulowitzki can’t be worked out, I still feel Drew is the most likely free agent to end up on the Mets. I haven’t heard his name mentioned by anyone close to the team — it’s a total guess — but, reading the blue and orange tea leaves, and considering how and where he puts the ball in play, he just seems like a fit. Also, of all the moves Sandy Alderson can make, shortstop is where he can get the biggest bang for his buck, considering how little production he got from the position last season.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Despite Drew’s struggles (and Jacoby Ellsbury’s positive play), it’s a small sample size and it’s hard to read too much into this slump. He remains a good fit for the Mets at shortstop and is a good defender with range and speed. In the end, he’s a .264 career hitter with holes in his game, and his value will ultimately be determined by that, his age, his injury history (which is significant), and how the rest of the marketplace shakes out for similar players.
Read more: Team MetsBlog’s Player Profile of Drew, Sherman, NY Post