Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
There is not a lot of buzz about SS Stephen Drew these days, according to people familiar with the free-agent market.
I hear interested teams were offering around two years and $24 million at the start of the offseason, but Drew was seeking at least three to four years. That price has further dropped, with teams seeing 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.
These days, insiders say Boras is trying to get another team (probably the Yankees) to give an extra year or two in exchange for Drew possibly playing other positions, specifically second and third base, if needed. This pitch should do nothing to tempt the Red Sox, who have more than enough young infielders, but it could pique the interest of the Mets, Twins, Astros and Blue Jays. This might be enough to raise Drew’s price just enough that he accepts.
My bet, still, is that, while the Red Sox and Mets get linked to Drew most, he eventually signs a multi-year deal with the Blue Jays, Astros or Twins, but that’s total speculation on my part.
Again, the Mets like him, they don’t love him, as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo recently said. They like him enough to sign him for a year, maybe two, depending on the dollars. But, they don’t like him enough to give a three- or four-year deal, get locked in to big money down the road, at a position that can be better filled next year in free agency or this summer in trade… yes, I’m looking at you Jed Lowrie…
By the way, as I understand it, no one wants to come to the Mets and end up wedged between Ruben Tejada and Drew, which is why Jamey Carroll, Cesar Izturis, etc., only briefly considered coming to Queens. If they signed here, and then Drew signed here, there’s a good chance Carroll, etc., would be cut or sent to Triple-A; and I assume they’d rather sign elsewhere (as they have) and better control their fate – even if on the bench – than roll the dice in Port St. Lucie…