Another day has passed without a resolution regarding free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
In a recent article for the Boston Globe, Peter Abraham speculated that if Drew remains unsigned a few weeks from now, the Red Sox could offer him a “take it or leave it” one year deal.
It’s been noted repeatedly over the last few weeks that the Red Sox really have no concrete reason to bid for Drew’s services. The club has top prospect Xander Bogaerts ready to step in, and Jonathan Herrera as a backup. In addition, the Red Sox will gain a compensatory draft pick if Drew departs. There’s also the case of Will Middlebrooks. If Drew re-signs in Boston, Middlebrooks will likely be ticketed for Triple-A.
It’s amusing to me that everyone views the Red Sox as the “frontrunner” for Drew. The Red Sox reportedly haven’t made Drew an offer, don’t have a hole at shortstop, and are apparently not open to offering Drew anything more than a one year deal. Drew may want to return to Boston and his teammates may want him back, but that’s largely irrelevant if the Red Sox refuse to go beyond one year if they do indeed bid for his services.
Both the Astros and Twins are teams with needs at shortstop who could potentially jump into the bidding for Drew. As of yet, that hasn’t happened. The Astros, who were interested in Shin-Soo Choo before he signed with Texas, have money to burn. The Twins have been active this offseason, but their focus thus far has been on starting pitching.
The Mets, it would appear, remain in good position to land Drew. If the Mets offered Drew a two year deal, they’d be the current high bidder.
There’s always a chance Scott Boras ropes the Astros in and gets them to offer Drew a third year, but there’s nothing to indicate the Astros would be willing to go there.
It’s been said before, but it merits repeating: the Mets have had a very good offseason so far, solidifying the outfield with Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, and adding Bartolo Colon to a rotation that will be without Matt Harvey for most, if not all of 2014.
Shortstop remains a glaring issue, and if the Mets aren’t happy with what the price for shortstops is on the trade market, a two year deal for Stephen Drew seems like a low-risk fallback option.