Skip to content

Mets “averse to anything three years or beyond” for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew

Jan 5, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

stephen drew red sox getty Getty Images

The Mets are interested in upgrading over current shortstop Ruben Tejada and have been in contact throughout the winter with free agent Stephen Drew, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is hearing that it’s more of a “possibility” than a “probability” that an agreement is reached with the Scott Boras client.

Mets management is “averse to anything three years or beyond” for Drew, writes Rubin, and the belief is that the 30-year-old will head back to Boston if he can’t do better than that. Drew has struggled to attract a healthy free agent market because signing him means surrendering a top pick in the 2014 draft.

Drew batted .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 67 RBI in 124 games last season for the World Series-champion Red Sox. He rated very well defensively at shortstop.

The Red Sox do have interest in bringing him back on a short-term deal.

  1. 78mu - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    If they sign him to a four year contract they will probably get 2 years worth of games out of him, 300 games played and 300 on the DL.

    But I guess even the Mets didn’t mean that when they say they are averse to 3 years or beyond.

    • Old Gator - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      This is Alderson you’re dealing with, not Minaya. They might ackcherley mean it this time. Omar wasn’t capable of learning his lesson but Alderson might well be. Of course, there’s the Wilpoon issue, but they’re still busy learning how to use twine, a fishing sinker and a wad of gum to retrieve quarters from sewer gratings. If they’ve got enough of them by the July non-waiver deadline maybe you’ll see some real action.

      • evanpenn - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Ackcherley? Did you mean actually? That is one of the funniest misspellings I’ve seen in a long time, haha

      • stex52 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        You don’t read him much, do you, Evan. He uses it ironically all the time.

        Morning, OG.

      • evanpenn - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Read who much? A random person on the internet? lol.

        I did think it was odd because the rest of the post is completely coherent.

        But what is the irony of it?

  2. pastabelly - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    2/20 should get this done for NY. The Red Sox may not be offering more than 1/11.

  3. kappy32 - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Pastabelly:
    2/20 won’t get it done, especially when he declined 1/14.1 as a qualifying offer. The Mets need to offer him 2 deals & he takes the deal he is more comfortable with:
    (1) 2 years for $30 million; or
    (2) 3 years for $36 million.

    Next year’s FA market is full of good shortstops where Drew wouldn’t be considered a top player. If he signs a 1 year deal & tests the market next year, he’ll be lucky to duplicate the contract he gets this offseason. If years are what he wants, he takes option 2. If he wants the most annual money, he takes option 1 & tests the market in 2015-2016. He’s not going to get better than that from the Sox, and as a matter of fact, I think the Sox would prefer him to leave for the Mets so they can ride with Xander Bogarts at SS. The Mets need another bat & they desperately need an upgrade over Tejada. Tejada is nothing more than a reserve infielder & the Mets know they cannot contend with him, Legares, and Duda all in the starting lineup.

    • mtr75 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Just because he turned one deal down doesn’t mean he’ll get a better one. That’s the risk he took. Two years/$30 million for a SS who hit .250 with 13 home runs is insane.

    • paperlions - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Who are all of these fantastic SS that will be FA next year?

  4. chiadam - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Good, since no position player should ever get more than five years for any reason. And that five becomes three for pitchers.

  5. pastabelly - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    He declined the QO because he and his agent misread the market. He really only has two options and neither the Sox nor Mets want him badly enough to go with the prices you suggested.

  6. nymets4ever - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Give Tejada another go, and use the money you’d pay Drew to instead add veteran depth to the bullpen and bench. Is it a sexy way of spending money, no, but it could prove far more useful.

  7. kylewo - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Drew seems to have really hurt himself by not accepting arbitration.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Oops! Hit “report comment” when I was trying to hit “reply”. My apologies kylewo.

      I was going to say the guy I thought really blew it by not accepting the $14.4M qualifying offer was Ubaldo Jimenez. Who’d be crazy enough to give him $14.4M when he’s had one decent year since 2010?

      In Jimenez’ defense, nobody else I’ve read seems to think he was crazy to turn it down, which probably just means I’m the crazy one)

  8. bostonboresme - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Why all the hype for this career-long, overrated and injury prone infielder. His career year was last year, and he hit .250.

    He wants a deal more than 3 years?! Jesus Christ.

    • mtr75 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Weak free agent class.

  9. bostonboresme - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Career year, of course, meaning a EmWS ring. Plus, hasn’t he hit 30 already?

  10. bbk1000 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Tell Boras and this clown to pound salt and move ahead to fixing other areas.

    If Tejada wasn’t so damn lazy this would not be an issue, but he is only 24 years old, give him another year to get it together.

  11. bunkerhillbob - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I would like to see Boston keep him; even if it’s a two-year deal, for around $20 mil. He’s worth every penny of that. I’ll be bummed if Middlebrooks is the starting third baseman for Boston; can’t field.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

A managerial overanalysis epidemic
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. M. Bumgarner (3086)
  2. J. Shields (2897)
  3. T. Lincecum (2663)
  4. T. Ishikawa (2379)
  5. M. Morse (2355)
  1. Y. Cespedes (2002)
  2. L. Cain (1640)
  3. B. Roberts (1636)
  4. B. Posey (1488)
  5. U. Jimenez (1471)