Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; MLB agent Scott Boras is interviewed during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Boras Pitching Mets Ownership On Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales


UPDATE, 5:44 PM -

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had some notes regarding Stephen Drew, the Red Sox, and the Mets:

The road is still leading back to Boston, unless something develops soon where the floodgates open for a shortstop. We thought it might be the Mets, but now they’re not willing to commit the years and the dollars. The Mets, like the Red Sox, would likely go for a one-year commitment. The Mets and agent Scott Boras have discussed parameters but no firm numbers. Right now, the Mets plan on going back to Ruben Tejada. There’s always the Yankees, but Drew has never played anywhere but shortstop. He would be a great fit there if it wasn’t for Derek Jeter, and right now Jeter doesn’t appear to be moving off shortstop.

Everything in the above blurb is editorializing, save for the fact that the Mets and Scott Boras have discussed Drew, but haven’t talked numbers.  Cafardo notes that the Mets aren’t “willing to commit the years and the dollars,” but I don’t think he’s alluding to a refusal to commit two years.

Furthermore, it was reported that the Mets were hesitant to give Curtis Granderson four years, and they did.  They then signed Bartolo Colon after they told the media they were done making big acquisitions.  Anything they’re saying about Drew could simply be posturing.

If both the Mets and Red Sox refuse to go beyond one year for Drew, he’ll probably end up back in Boston.  However, if Boston won’t offer Drew more than a year, the Mets should seriously consider offering two years if it could get a deal done.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE -

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Scott Boras is attempting to engage Mets ownership in talks regarding two of his biggest free agent clients – shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Kendrys Morales:

What jumps out here, is that Boras is attempting to have direct contact with ownership, rather than Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Jeff Wilpon is often portrayed as someone who meddles, but he sometimes joins negotiations late in order to get them done.  One example is the Johan Santana extension that was negotiated after the trade was agreed upon.  Boras going to Wilpon is a smart play on his part.

There are reports that the Mets are unlikely to make another big signing or take on another large contract via trade, but until the roster is set at the end of March, anything can happen.

Kendrys Morales is someone who the Mets, according to Crasnick, have little to no interest in.  When you take into account the fact that the Mets have four players currently on the roster who can handle first base (Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Josh Satin, and Wilmer Flores), going after Morale seems pointless.

Signing Stephen Drew may not be likely, but discounting the possibility of the Mets landing Drew (whose market is apparently non-existent, and whose signing would mean a net payroll increase of about $8 million if the team deals Ike Davis) is foolhardy.

The Mets noted while the Bartolo Colon signing was in the works that they were probably done making big moves.  They have since stated that a shortstop upgrade via trade is far likelier than one via free agency.  That may be true, or it may be a negotiating ploy.

Drew’s case is an interesting one.  His market hasn’t developed as Scott Boras thought it would, and there appear to be only two teams who are currently interested in his services – the Red Sox and the Mets.

With the Red Sox prepared to go with prospect Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, and with both Will Middlebrooks and Jonathan Herrera on the roster, Drew may not be in their plans any longer.  Even if he is, there is no indication that the Red Sox are willing to give Drew a deal longer than two years.

If the Mets signed Drew, it would result in a modest payroll increase, but their payroll would still be under $100 million.  It would also mean a shortstop upgrade on both sides of the ball, and would put an exclamation point on an offseason that has seen them land Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, and Bartolo Colon.

 

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  • craig roth

    With the moves they have made they aren’t far away from being a wild card contender so will signing Drew put them over the top, I’m not sure but it will make them a better team and if Drew, Granderson and Colone have there normal years in 2014 the mets should be able to compete for a wild card! The Wilpons have finally spent big money
    to improve the team but they can’t stop now and need to add Drew and a set up and/or
    closer for the bull pen or spending all the money they have will be in vain!!

    • ImaMarkbutUrPredictable

      I am very happy with Black (Set up) and Parnell closing.Black can touch 100 mph and Parnell has hit 103 mph…. don’t waste money there.

    • Herb G

      I’m very happy with Black (as set up and probably temporary closer until Parnell is @ 100%) and Parnell (closing, when ready) but we should still have a veteran in the pen, and if we can get a former closer or a solid reliever on a reasonable contract, we should grab him. Chris Perez and Mitchell Boggs are possibilities, while Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey, both exceptional pitchers coming off injury who will not be ready by opening day, might be willing to sign low base, incentive laden deals.

      Craig is right about Drew. While I have been hoping Sandy swings a deal for a young, high ceiling player, like Brad Miller, Nick Franklin or Chris Owing, Drew is a much safer bet to deliver and give us a significant upgrade at SS. The kids have great potential, but Drew has a track record. Jeff Wilpon should give Sandy the go ahead to offer Boras the extra year.

    • Joe.02

      Yes, the Mets do in my eyes need to get another bat & get some spare parts (utility infielder, bullpen arm or two, swing starter insurance) plus get something for Ike. Without the additional bat, the off season will seem incomplete, especially since Colon is basically a replacement for Harvey. 1.5 bats (Chris Young seems like 1/2 a bat to me) really isn’t enough in what was supposed to be THE year with Santana and Bay’s contracts off the table. It’s time to expect more.

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