Free-agent Stephen Drew is drawing interest from five or six teams, according to his his agent, Scott Boras (Cafardo, Jan. 12).
Drew’s market may be depressed due to concerns about his medical report, a team official recently said (Martino, Jan. 7), although Boras disagrees and believes Drew has a market for his services (Cafardo, Jan. 12).
The Mets and Red Sox seem reluctant to offer Drew more than a one-year deal, although New York continues to be the most logical suitor for him right now (Rosenthal, Jan. 5).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Again… the Mets like Drew, but only to a point. My understanding is they will find a way to sign him to a one-year deal, but they’re reluctant to go beyond that because of next year’s free agent market and having a long-term third baseman and a very productive second baseman. And, when all is said and done, if Drew is weighing multiple one-year offers, MLB insiders expect he’ll take Boston’s and stay with the World Series champions.
That said, keep an eye on the Twins, Blue Jays and Astros, I was recently told by someone familiar with Drew’s market, since these teams have money to spend a need for a player like Drew. Plus, as I said last week, it’s typical Boras to pit two big-market teams (like the Red Sox and Mets) against one another in public, all while using it as leverage to get a third team to overbid and get a deal done in the dark. This continues to smell like one of those situations.