The market for free-agent SS Stephen Drew is shrinking, the Red Sox feel they have all the leverage in negotiations and may soon make a one-year, take-it-or-leave-it offer (Abraham, Dec. 27).
In early December, Sandy Alderson said, at that point in time, if he was going to upgrade shortstop with a high-profile player, it was more likely to happen with a trade than the free-agent market.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
If the above reporting is accurate, it seems the Mets could still maybe snag Drew with a two-year deal. I believe they’ll consider it, and will surrender their third-round draft pick to make it happen. However, both contracts being equal, I assume he’d take an offer from the Red Sox over the Mets. The Yankees may have been interested, but – as Danny explains at Rising Apple – the Tanaka Sweepstakes likely takes them out of a pursuit of Drew. In the end, I think the Astros could be a quiet player for him and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Scott Boras wrangle a third year from them since Houston supposedly has money to spend and is looking (but still hasn’t) made any significant acquisitions this winter. I think Drew’s market comes down to the Red Sox, Mets and Astros, and with no one seemingly over-excited about bidding up his price…