What is happening to the market for Stephen Drew?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m thinking that if free-agent SS Stephen Drew had a two- or three-year offer in hand, he would have accepted it by now. The fact that he’s still on the open market more or less indicates he’s still only seeing one-year offers.

So far, Sandy Alderson has intimated that he’s open to a long-term contract with Drew, but only if the money is right. My read has been that Alderson will do one year, maybe two, but ideally that second year is an option and in no way will the player be in control of it.

Stephen DrewThe way I understand it, the Mets and Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, had meaningful talks early in the winter. However, since then, the relationship has been mostly Boras calling the Mets to see if their position has changed, which it has not.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa said on air earlier this month that the Mets made an offer to Drew.

“They’re fighting over the number of years,” Francesa said (WFAN, Feb. 4). “It’s not the money.”

Naturally, a team source quickly denied Francesa’s report in several publications, including the Boston Herald and the Daily News. In every public interview during the last two weeks, Alderson has repeatedly said the Mets are unlikely to sign Drew or make another significant acquisition this winter. Yet, the Mets continue to find themselves connected to Drew in trade rumors.

I bet a number of teams have essentially ‘offered’ him one year, or at least expressed interest at that level. If that’s the case, and he’s weighing one-year situations with the Mets and Red Sox, and let’s say the Astros and Twins, maybe the Yankees, maybe the A’s, I wonder if Alderson would move to guarantee the second year to get the deal done? And, if he did, would Boras then be able to get two years, and maybe even three, from from someone else? At which point, Alderson would no longer be interested, I assume…




54 comments
William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

What we need is a competent SS, and thus far the Mets don't have one.

Paul Small
Paul Small

I respectfully disagree with those who dont think he should be signed..Drew represents an attitude from the Mets to spend money to get better. I think must of you do agree that Drew does make you a better team.I am sick of the Mets lying to their loyal base, and insisting they will spend money to make the team better..so far according to many reliable sources they have not spent any additional money, and have a payroll thatt is less than many smaller markets..A disgrace

Bud Britton
Bud Britton

trade rumors??? Do the mets suck so much that we need to trade for free agents now???


Mike Kulpa
Mike Kulpa

 Enough of this Drew talk. We don't need or want him. He should have took Boston's offer long time ago. Please stop writing about this clown and tell us how our guys are doing instead.

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

Here is a little inside baseball for everyone. YOU GUYS are the reason they keep putting Drew stories on the site. They must be getting plenty of hits on the stories and that's all they care about. Hits. If Sandy cared more about hits we would have signed Drew a month ago. I also like how people take the time to post that they don't like the post. If you don't like it, keep scrolling. Don't read it. 

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Ah the hell with Drew already, I want to see Flores get some time there ay SS like they've stated, now that he's healthy, especially after this Michigan fitness camp. Also, I'm curious to see if this fitness camp does Tejada any justice as well.

coppola8
coppola8

all rumors speculation and opinions aside, drew is likely to hit 12-18 hrs in the mets lineup, tejada will hit 0.  hes better defensively. Tejada will be a nice backup middle infielder for this team if they sign drew who can play 40-50 game starts for him and murphy. given the payroll is 85 million i would really like to see him signed on anything but a three year deal. Oh and we have NOONE behind him. Lack of holes is just as if not more improtant than superstars. The pitching is in place this can be a good investment on a two year.

Howie Avery
Howie Avery

This is the most press a MLB average ballplayer has ever received.

Howie Avery
Howie Avery

I don't want Drew for 2 months, forget about two years!

hashburry
hashburry

A story that isn't a story.  Keep trying to manufacture interest in this dead rumor.  And by all means, keep referring back to Francessa baseless assertion that they are fighting over years.

Chris Stevens
Chris Stevens

The punchline will be "Mets sign Drew to 2-yr Contract"...

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

How about a compromise and they have a mutual 2nd yr option?


At this point I really don't even care where Drew ends up anymore. I've heard way too much on a player of his caliber this offseason and quite frankly I'm sick and tired of it. Will Drew please just sign somewhere, anywhere. I don't care if it's in Japan or hell he could even just retire. Just please go away already!

eric88
eric88

The Mets moved Flores off of SS 2 years ago in the Minors because of his limited range. Now they want him back at SS because they realize he has more range than Tejada and he can actually hit a double.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Boras overplayed his hand here. The one good offer he received was from the Yankees at the beginning of the FA season and he turned it down. I think it was for three years. Big mistake! Now Drew will have to settle for anything offered to him and by the looks of it it is not much.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

At least we had a whole full day without the useless Drew posting.

Frank Usamanont
Frank Usamanont

If I could get a $1 for every time this guys name come up I would be sitting pretty

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

At this point I want to see what we have with Flores at SS
. He looked good in the video that got posted today

Amazin' Raisin'
Amazin' Raisin'

How much more of the internet must we fill with meaningless updates about this mollycoddle of a player?! If teams thought this guy would make an iota of difference on their teams, he'd be signed right now. This fruitless obsession over Drew makes for poor drama, and even poorer copy.

Mike Conroy
Mike Conroy

If Drew is considered anemic then tejada might as well be non existent.

Mark Squire
Mark Squire

Pete, Have you looked at Drew's stats the last few years? He is ANEMIC offensively. Absolutely dreadful. For him to be asking that kind of money is comical. I'm actually waiting for the punchline.

rico
rico

Drew is the stuff of Mets Blog legend. 


Years from now there is going to be another overpriced ok player who Mets Blog posts about EVERY DAY, and we will call it DREW SYNDROME.



metstones
metstones

Matthew Cerrone should quit the lead writer gig and become the lead photographer. At least the kid is good at taking pictures, go with what your good at and stop trying to be something you clearly are not.

Pete Pantano
Pete Pantano

Saying that Tejada has "a better stick" is absolutely untrue. The money being equal, Drew is the far superior player. The problem is the money is not equal. Drew is also a far superior defender too. There really is no contest. However, if Tejada give you .280 with solid D for what he is making, you will take that in a heartbeat over 14 million for slightly more production.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Can you stop posting articles on DREW. It is really annoying!!!!

1metfan
1metfan

"Yet, the Mets continue to find themselves connected to Drew in trade rumors." Nice post, last I heard Drew is a free agent.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

>>>WFAN’s Mike Francesa said on air earlier this month that the Mets made an offer to Drew.

“They’re fighting over the number of years,” Francesa said (WFAN, Feb. 4). “It’s not the money.”<<<

I mean how many freakin' times do we need to read this same quote by Francesca which happened almost 3 weeks ago now. Enough already...and I hope Drew signs soon...anywhere.

Gerard Farrell
Gerard Farrell

Can someone PLEASE sign this JADROOL already!? I'm so sick of hearing about him

nvmets10
nvmets10

This is all becoming seriously tired but what I will say is between the Mariners wanting to trade Franklin and Drew STILL sitting out there, it'll be an absolute joke if we enter the season with Ruben Tejada playing this position.

Steve Surdez
Steve Surdez

Yeah, the repetitive information is getting tired. Go for Franklin. Virtually the same numbers and he's 23. I'd give up a pitcher for this kid. If he hits 15 hr and gets 65 RBIs in a full season, I'd take that and the control of the player, instead of Drew for a year, maybe two. I think they should do the Franklin deal. Give up DeGrom, Matz, or one of the excess pitchers to get the deal done.

Mark Squire
Mark Squire

Having Drew on the Mets roster might add 0 wins to the overall record. I would much rather have Tejada. He's way cheaper, and a better stick. I hope Drew is blacklisted from baseball for seeking such an absurd contract.

John Lucarelli
John Lucarelli

Just trade for Nick Franklin and lets get this season started.

metstones
metstones

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer? What a joke it should say Matthew Cerrone, Lead Copy and Paste Guy.

11gilkey
11gilkey

Can we go one day Cerrone without you bringing up Stephen Drew?  Nothing has changed.  Until something does these posts are a waste of time. 

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Wouldn't be a normal day without a Drew post. UGH

Mario Caraballo
Mario Caraballo

add a paragraph to this ongoing story than retell the previous stuff! Mets Blog your getting me sick with Drew. Let it Go! let it gooooo! otherwise im jumping sites.

metstones
metstones

Are you kidding me Cerrone? How many times are you post the same old crap about Drew? Just because it's a new day does not mean the crap you post about him becomes new. Give it up already, you are really making yourself look bad.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Id LOVE if Flores could play SS, but I doubt it. Obviously I'd have to see him play SS first, but I'm still not convinced he has the range. Imagine how many problems that would solve though? No more SS questions, and you get very good offensive production out of SS

upstater
upstater

@Victor Triguero Of course Mets CAN afford him. They just would rather put money in the owner's pocket than make a marginal improvement on the team.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Right...and the only place I think that rumor is still going is here. Its obviously on the eternal cut and paste list of topics which never die.

eric88
eric88

@fast_eddie  Of course its the money, were a small market team. Maybe someday we can be a Mid-Market team!