Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets are still in play for free agent SS Stephen Drew, since teams are not beating down his door, according to people with inside knowledge of his market.
The Red Sox are the only team to make an offer to Drew, despite early interest from the Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, Twins, Mets and Royals. Reports from Boston indicate the Red Sox are unwilling to give Drew more than a two-year deal.
There are a handful of teams still looking to upgrade at shortstop, but the Cardinals were viewed as the only one willing to spend big money to fill the void, and they quickly agreed to a deal with SS Jhonny Peralta.
“Scott Boras is going to slow-play Drew,” a market expect told me, predicting the shortstop will eventually settle on a three-year, $40 million deal. “To get that, though, he needs a new market to emerge, and so far that hasn’t happened.”