The Yankees will not sign free agent SS Stephen Drew, GM Brian Cashman said (Gammons, Dec. 31).
The Mets remain in contact with Scott Boras about Drew and they’re pursuing him similarly to the pursuit of Michael Bourn last winter, who’s market shrunk substantially toward spring training last winter (Carig, Dec. 29).
The Mets could opt to go with Ruben Tejada instead, who special assistant JP Ricciardi has said the team is comfortable with as their opening day shortstop (WEEI, Dec. 27).
Meanwhile, 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). The Mets are also only interested in signing Drew to a one or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23, Cafardo, Dec. 22).
Michael Baron, ContributorThe Yankees bowing out of the Drew sweepstakes can only help the Mets, as this limits Drew’s market currently to Queens and Boston. And, if Boston only offers Drew a one-year deal, the Mets could conceivably offer Drew two guaranteed years, or a year plus an easily attainable option, which would be a very team-friendly situation for them.
In early December, Sandy Alderson said if he was going to upgrade shortstop with a high-profile player, it was more likely to happen via a trade than the free-agent market. However, while Diamonbacks SS Didi Gregorious and Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera are reportedly available, the cost is currently high-end pitching, something the Mets have indicated they are unwilling to move right now (Carig, Dec. 29).