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Mets “remain in contact” with Stephen Drew

Dec 29, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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Marc Carig, beat writer at Newsday, shares this scoop:

The Mets remain in contact with Scott Boras, the agent for shortstop Stephen Drew, according to a person with knowledge of the talks. But the source likened the situation to the Mets’ pursuit of outfielder Michael Bourn late last winter. Bourn ultimately landed with the Indians, but not before the Mets made a serious run at signing him, mostly because he had lowered his asking price as the season drew near.

Drew has struggled to attract a healthy free agent market this winter because the team that signs him — unless it’s the Red Sox — will have to give up a top draft pick. The Mets want to upgrade over Ruben Tejada, who hit .202/.259/.260 in 2013, but they’re not going to overextend themselves to do so. Tejada is only 24 years old.

Drew, 30, batted .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 124 games last year for the Red Sox.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    How about you toss his playoff line into the last sentence too?

    A nice robust 6 for 54 with 2 walks in the most important games of the season.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Because there is nothing robust about a 56 PA sample?

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        It’s actually 57. He also managed a sac fly (1 of his mighty 4 RBIs).

        But you make a fair point. How about we double that and look at all 110 of his career postseason PAs?

        That pulls his average up just over the Mendoza Line.

        Actually, his numbers are pretty interesting because in 28 career postseason games, he has generated 38 total bases….with 16 of them coming from 3 games against the Cubs.

        25 games, 22 total bases.

    • Caught Looking - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      The Mets should worry about their own playoff performance

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Good point.

        His playoff failures won’t matter much with the Mets.

    • paperlions - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Dustin Pedroia in the 2013 Post-season:


      A whopping .587 OPS.

      C’mon. You know better than to draw any conclusion based on such samples.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        They ran into some really good pitching, no doubt.

        Most of the team looked lost a lot of the time.

        Stephen Drew looked like it was the first time he’d ever seen a baseball bat.

      • paperlions - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Yeah, it was a frustrating series to watch. Crazy that the Cardinals actually got more hits and were on base more….just couldn’t do it when it mattered. No one was hitting….lot of good pitching.

      • pastabelly - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        The Red Sox ran into Moore twice, Price, Scherzer twice, Verlander, Wainwright twice, and Wacha twice. Those guys shoot down plenty of good hitting. Still, Drew and Salty looked totally lost for too long in the post season.

        If the Mets sign Drew, it’s a win win for both teams. The Mets will only lose their third round pick and the Sox would get a sandwich pick. Drew already has his WS ring, and as a Boras client, his main objective is max dollars and years. This makes too much senses not to happen, unless the Mets don’t want to go 30/3 for 30-year old short stop.

  2. doctornature - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    “Mets “remain in contact” with Stephen Drew”

    Is this above, or below, the waist?

    And I thought this was a family newspaper.

    • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      He is a consenting adult. This isn’t going to result in a “Point to where on the doll Mr. Alderson made contact with you” courtroom scene.

  3. DonRSD - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Keep the draft pick!

    • ppauld13ppauld13 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      The pick is #10 therefore it is protected…they will not lose the pick if they sign Drew..that does not mean I think they should..

      • Kevin S. - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Not only that, they’ve already surrendered their #2 draft pick signing Granderson. Protecting that third rounder isn’t a big deal.

  4. rudremn - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    See you in Beantown next season Drew, nobody will waist the draft pick on your batting abilities. and further, you should’ve never listened to Scott Stupidass and taken the 14.1 mil qualifying offer earlier, because that will be the most money you will see.

  5. genericcommenter - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I remain in contact with my ex-wife, but I’m not taking her to Florida in the spring.

  6. nymets4ever - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Hey Mets…just roll with Tejada at short, and spend the money you have earmarked for Drew instead on upgrading bullpen and bench depth.

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