The Mets, Yankees and Red Sox have all reportedly shown interest in free agent SS Stephen Drew this winter.
The Yankees were supposedly done with major player acquisitions this winter after signing RHP Masahiro Tanaka earlier this week (Reiber, Jan. 22). However, now that they’ve breached the $189 million luxury tax threshold, they’re weighing whether or not to pursue Drew (Heyman, Jan. 23).
Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has said his client is willing to play other positions, which might make him more attractive to the Yankees (Gammons, Jan. 15).
Meanwhile, the Mets still haven’t ruled out signing Drew to a short-term deal, but they’re patiently waiting for Boras to find a longer-term deal elsewhere (Rieber, Jan. 18). The Mets like Drew, but aren’t, “super hot for him or anything, and they can wait.” (Martino, Jan. 21).
As for the Red Sox, GM Ben Cherington recently said he is still speaking with Boras about Drew, but is comfortable with his club as constructed (Lauber, Jan. 21).
Michael Baron, ContributorThe Yankees have committed about $500 million to new talent this winter, so why stop there? Yankees GM Brian Cashman said last month they were not going to pursue Drew, but I’m never convinced the Yankees are out on a player until he signs somewhere else.
Even so, I still believe the Mets are the best fit for Drew, as they can offer him the best chance to start at shortstop (or anywhere) consistently throughout the life of his next contract.