Scott Boras is attempting to engage the Mets to sign free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew (Crasnick, Dec. 22).
The Mets and Boras have discussed parameters on a contract for Drew, but neither the Mets or the Red Sox want to commit more than one year to Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 22).
Michael Baron, ContributorWhile the Mets have been very open about their continued search for a shortstop, I’ve heard repeatedly all winter the Mets are not focused on upgrading at first base. They remain intent on using internal solutions to fill the hole at first, be it with a single player who steps up or in some kind of platoon between Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. Things do change, and clearly, Boras is having trouble developing a market for these clients (regardless of what he says publicly). The Mets would be at least wise to see how their situations play out in the coming days and weeks.
No matter what, it’s hard to see a scenario where the Mets sign both players, even if they can find a taker for Davis and his projected $3-4 million salary. Their payroll is already between $78-83 million, and both players are very likely to get an eight-figure salary for 2014. Even if the Mets could work out contracts which are middle and/or back-loaded, adding both would far exceed the budget they’ve envisioned for next year’s payroll. That doesn’t mean these guys wouldn’t be definite upgrades – there’s no question they would make the Mets a better team on paper.
As such, it’s possible a team-friendly deal could develop between the Mets and Morales in February or March (Olney, Dec. 13).