Where do things stand at SS and Stephen Drew?

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.

Stephen Drew 1 polaroidThese 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…

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Dan Asnis
Dan Asnis

The Blue Jays sign Drew and trade us Reyes. I like the sound of that.

LCG Sports
LCG Sports

The proportion of Drew posts relative to activity is becoming untenable.


Wesley Baff
Wesley Baff

Maybe im missing something but how would it benefit the mets to sign drew to a one year deal? While 2014 should be an improvement from years prior, we are clearly aiming for 15 and 16. I would vote for a 2 year deal with an optional third year. Signing him to a one year would be short sighted and a waste of money in my opinion.

eric88
eric88

Drew to Mets is fantasy

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

the mets should offer drew 5 years at 7-8 mil at this point. if he accepts it then ss is locked up for 5 years at a good rate (considering how much prices will inflate). if he doesn't then you move on.


i don't love drew, but i think he could be serviceable at a good rate over 5 years. they have to keep building around that though, not just assume that he's enough. the mets always get one less player then they need, instead of getting that extra player to put them over the top

tommets
tommets

You just had to write this...

mike23
mike23

Jed Lowrie had a couple good seasons but I is he really that much better that we should hold off on obtaining Drew, I mean lowrie is 29 right now going on 30 so he is hardly an up and coming talent. I think we may be over rating some of the 2015 class of free agent SS plus they will probably all demand much more money than even what Drew is looking for or will eventually sign for. So if he is 100 percent healthy I would still try and sign drew to a 2 year deal maybe with an team option for a 3rd year if necessary as Tejada is backup material not a starter heading into 2014. If he ends up getting a decent 2 year deal from a team other than the mets you can blame cheapness on the mets for it. 

Shawn Rosen
Shawn Rosen

Met fans, I call to you. Use your brains. stop trying to justify signing Drew as being an upgrade. He is not an upgrade. I bet Tejada has a much better season than Drew. He's also almost 10 years younger than drew and 9 mill cheaper for similar production. That is all.

anon imus
anon imus

Agreed. I used to like Metsblog alot, but lately it the same crap day in and day out. Forget Drew already!!!! We don't need him, nor do we want him. If Tejada can return to his 2011/12 form, the only thing Drew has over him is power, and that's not saying much, as Citi is larger than Fenway. Plus, I'd like to screw Boras over just once.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

The Mets like him but they don't love him


So let me understand this....a chance to upgrade at the SS position. They don't love Drew who is clearly better than Tejada and has more experience and is a good clubhouse presence and wont come out of shape (like Tejada) but Tejada is all but guaranteed the spot? So they love Tejada? There is no way Sandy can look in the mirror and honestly say Tejada is the best option going forward. This is purely financial and they are hoping they can nab him on the cheap. Black Friday sales are over guys. If you cant afford an affordable SS like Drew then their is a huge problem

Ricky Ryan
Ricky Ryan

I'm a fan of the blog. But honestly someone change the Stephen Drew record already. Slow news day?


BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Can't make this up.  The headline has been "fixed" and it's either still wrong, or just clunky.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

I think that the Mets could take the surplus at 1b and 2b (Davis, Duda, Flores, Murphy, Satin) and trade for a SS. Maybe Lowrie from Oakland.

Chris
Chris

Here's the 2014 draft pick (at the moment) it would cost to sign Drew for the 6 teams you have linked to him:

Mets - 89th (third round)

Yankees - 60th (second round)

Twins - 49th (second round)

Astros - 39th (competitive balance A round)

Red Sox - 36th (compensation pick for Drew)

Blue Jays - 11th (first round)

eric88
eric88

Blue Jays, Twins or Astro's, We have no chance competing with those BIG MARKET teams.

piazza4ada
piazza4ada

I think the grammatical error was intentioned as how else could we generate some "Views" without any possible "News"...

sylow59
sylow59

" There is not a lot of buzz about SS Stephen Drew these days"

Except, of course, HERE!!!

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

@Dan Asnis How about the Angels sign Drew and trade us Trout? Or maybe Tigers sign Drew and well trade for Miggy.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Ziggy Jones Why in the world would we sign him for 5 years when he is constantly on the DL? So if he gets hurt in year 1 of that contract which is likely and it could be serious, there goes the money and another bad contract that we just got out of... I would think before posting on a topic of signing long deals

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@mike23 Well Lowrie is better than Drew is a few instances. He is a number 3 hitter for the A's who made the playoffs with him there, he provides more power which we need. He can also lead off if needed. If he came to NY he'd probably bat 5th. He is slightly younger which can help and also the reason we haven't obtained Drew is because he wants 3-4 years yet hes injured basically every season. So why would we get ourselves locked up into a bad contract when we just got out of all of the other ones especially when he isn't even that good to begin with...  Drew could be just like Bay.. does well in Arizona and Boston and comes to NY and falls apart... whereas Bay did well with Pittsburgh and Boston and came to NY and fell apart. Both around the same age as well. Its a risk with any player outside to come play in a spotlight like NY. 

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

@Ryan FlanaganIt makes you wonder--if they are this sloppy in their writing, how good could their thinking be?  their understanding what their sources say?  the time they take to get the story right? I've seen dozens of calls on this blog to stop posting the same story and dozens on the writing quality. No change. They don't care. BTW--I also used to love reading this blog. It's just terrible now. Boring and Cerrone and his minions just aren't very informative--or interesting.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Drew is way better than Tejada, but he's not great, a two year deal for around $24 mill, would be a good deal (probably not to Boras). Mets need to keep the contract at a level that they can trade, this summer if things go bad, or next off season, so they can go after bigger ss names.

If Drew is going to sign a one year deal it's going to be with a team like the Yankess where he can play 3b, 2b and ss (which could make his value higher) and put up some better than average numbers, in that ballpark and that lineup.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Shawn Rosen I just love this logic! The only thing Tejada could do better is a BA. So by that logic Tejada is better than Hanley Ramirez since he had a higher BA in 2011 and 2012. Come on people! Wake up and open your eyes! If you wan't to argue the money, that's fine. But can we please stop saying Tejada is better! 

ReedRothchild
ReedRothchild

@Shawn Rosen 

HAHAHA! Tejada is better than Drew!

And you are telling others to use their brains?

OMG this site has become like Mensa in the Bizarro World.

One's IQ is lowered about a point for maybe every 10 minutes one is here.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@anon imus Yikes, talk about a flawed analysis.  Tejada has never been good - at his best he was average defensively with no power or really any bat skills to speak of.  Drew has his flaws but he's worth 3 or 4 wins to the team over the course of a year.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Victor Triguero The sooner we accept the fact that we will be forced to watch that tard Tejada again this year, the better off we will be. maybe! 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@sylow59 The offseason is a slow time for the Mets.  MetsBlog is in a tough spot.  Before you know it, it will be May and we'll all be debating about when Terry Collins should be fired.  ahhh... good times.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Steven Matregrano You like to rip Drew for being injured? Try looking into Lowrie! He's played more than 100 games one time in his career! Once in 6 years. Referred to as "oft-injured" for a reason. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Kevin VanTassell Could not agree more about Drew. By no means is he great but he is much better than Tejada. And there is no way they are going to get a Hardy or a Ramirez net year. They can't afford them! With the Yankees, Phillies, Dodgers, etc. all in the market for a SS, there is no way they outbid them. And to give up a number 1 pick, plus a 4-5 year deal at 15M plus to get them? They won't go there and they can't afford them. Drew is not great but he makes you better and he's falling into your lap. Grab him! 

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

The same reason the A's trade anyone, he's going to be a free agent next year.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@mets2014 @Kevin VanTassell especially when they have a pretty darn good first baseman already in Moss....i WISH we could trade that junk for a player, but the reality is no team wants these shytty players. No matter how many of them you pile up in a trade, it's still a pile of shyyyt

Chris
Chris

@BringBackDaveTelghe They lose the compensation pick they would have received if Drew had signed elsewhere. In that sense, there is a real draft pick cost to the Red Sox for re-signing Drew (relative to letting another team sign him). Mentioning it makes for a better apples-to-apples comparison, IMO.

anon imus
anon imus

@BringBackDaveTelghe @anon imus . . . or maybe Tejada has a breakout year and adds 6 wins all by himself. All I am saying is that Drew isn't getting us to the playoffs in '14 or '15, so ride it out with what we have until a real, better shortstop comes along. Why pay him $10+ mil per season when we don't need him.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@anon imus @BringBackDaveTelghe That's not how this works, it's about incremental improvement.  The team as currently constructed can win, what?... in the range of 70-78 games?  If they add Drew maybe it goes to 73-81, etc..then maybe you get production unexpectedly from Thor or Montero and now you're a fringe playoff team.  You can't just say, "we're not winning 95 games, let's pack up the truck".  Doesn't really work on any level.

mets2014
mets2014

@Mr. SERCH@mets2014@Kevin VanTassell it is more likely the mets get their future SS at the trade deadline when they can dangle murphy, gee, parnell, colon, c young and perhaps even ike and duda in front of a contending team that is in "go for it" mode

Hodges14
Hodges14

@sylow59 @Hodges14 I know.. .we discussed this a couple of weeks ago.  I'm guessing they're holding on to the roster analysis until closer to spring training.  I guess.  Maybe the MetsBlog team was hoping for more changes this offseason and the lack of movement after Granderson and Colon were signed has caught them off guard.