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Stephen Drew critical of draft pick compensation system

Feb 22, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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Players have reported to their respective spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, but free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is still looking for home. While Drew is said to be looking for $14 million per season, being attached to draft pick compensation has undoubtedly had an impact on his market. He told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman yesterday that he believes the current system is unfair and needs some tweaking:

“You hate to say it, but it really messes up free agency for guys who worked hard,” Drew said. “A lot of people don’t want to give up that first-round pick, and that’s what it boils down to. It’s unusual. I understand draft picks, but at the same time, you have a guy who’s proven as very good on defense and a top five shortstop if you look at it.”

“Our union has been really good. But I think we really have to look at this,” Drew said. “Is this really good for free agency? Our players need to sit back and look at it and see what we need to do about it.”

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, new MLBPA head Tony Clark said yesterday that there “will be dialogue” about the draft pick compensation system and its impact on free agency. However, Heyman writes that we might not see any changes until after the current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2016. As for Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, he’s not worried about finding a deal for his clients.

“Talent has no wristwatch,” Boras said. “When you’re the steak, you don’t worry about what time dinner is.”

Most Scott Boras quote ever? Most Scott Boras quote ever.

Heyman does pass along one new interesting nugget on the Mets suggesting a salary of around $9.5 million for Drew, which is what he made last year. However, the veteran shortstop continues to hold out for something better.

  1. patriottony - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    GREED knows no limits,,,BORAS gets his 10-15% of the salary,,,,so the conflict is advising his CLIENT to reject 14.1 million,,,REALLY? Thats good Advice? The Sox were MORE than generous, seeing as they have the #1 SS prospect in the league,,,taking drew’s spot. So now instead of 14.1 million, has ZIP nada,,,,this is the old bird in the hand proverb. DREW…good luck with your loser agent.

  2. tuucamaron - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I think his worth is 6 to 9 millions

  3. tinkeringwheneverigetachance - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Time to move on or sign Drew for the Red Sox. Boras thinks 31 teams (including one from Mars) is interested in Drew. Wrong. Perhaps the only real players are the Mets and the Red Sox, both of whom are way under Boras’ pipe dream figure. He has no steak-he has ground beef with fillers. Drew is not an elite shortstop, if he were, the Cards would have taken him over a druggie. Drew is a Drew, an injury prone, selfish player who loves to parlay minimal talent into maximum dollars. He is a good but not great shortstop who is way over-rated and he caved in during the WS counting dollars that have not materialized. Cherrington put the whammy on him with the qualifying offer be stupidly ignored. Drew, however, may be better than having Carp at third. Show time.

  4. bats13 - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Greedy Drew was offered 14 million dollar contract by Red Sox. He is welcome to sit out the rest of his life and take his skills to WalMart as their chief greeter for $8.50 an hour!

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