According to David Lennon of Newsday, Mets representatives are scheduled to meet with agent Scott Boras during the General Managers meetings that begin in Orlando tomorrow:
Boras arrived earlier today, and #Mets will get an idea of where to head with offseason plans (Drew, Choo) after meeting with him this week
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) November 11, 2013
Sandy Alderson is scheduled to arrive Tuesday after attending to a family obligation, but it’s expected that the rest of the Mets contingent – including Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi – will arrive tomorrow.
Choo, 31, had a triple slash of .285/.423/.462 for Cincinnati in 2013. Depending on which report you believe, Boras is seeking a contract somewhere between $90 million and $127 million for Choo.
Drew, who will turn 31 next March, had a triple slash of .253/.333/.433 last year for World Series winning Boston.
Both Choo and Drew were made qualifying offers, meaning the Mets would have to surrender a draft pick (not their first rounder) if they signed one of them (and two picks if they signed them both).
Choo is the name that’s been linked to the Mets since the summer. If he came aboard, the Mets would have someone who could slide in to the top of the lineup and one of their corner outfield positions.
If Choo ends up getting a deal between $90 million and $100 million, I expect the Mets to be in on him. If the bidding goes higher than that, they should back away.
Drew is one of two free agent shortstops (along with Jhonny Peralta) who could be solid fits in Flushing. It was reported earlier today that the Red Sox were prepared to offer only a two year deal to Drew, and it’s likely that he’ll seek three or four guaranteed years.
Drew would be a nice fit at two or three years at an average annual value between $10 million and $12 million. If the average annual value goes any higher than that or the guaranteed years reach four, it would start to get a bit iffy.