Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Source to ESPN NY: Stephen Drew to Mets "Possibility" Not "Probability"

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, citing a source with knowledge of the process, Stephen Drew signing with the Mets is being portrayed as a “possibility,” not a “probability.” Writes Rubin:

The team would be more willing to consider a one- or two-year deal for Drew at the right monetary figure, while likely being averse to anything three years or beyond. But if Drew were to accept a shorter-term deal, the feeling is that he ultimately would just return to the Boston Red Sox. So there is some belief within the Mets organization that Boras partly is engaging the Mets in order to maximize the terms with Boston.

The above makes sense, and it’s what we’ve been hearing all along.

It could be true that Boras is “engaging the Mets” in an effort to get the Red Sox to blink, but at this point, it doesn’t seem as if the Red Sox have any interest in offering Drew a two year deal.

The notion that Drew would “just return” to the Red Sox on a one or two year deal has a hole in it: the Red Sox apparently haven’t offered him anything.

Rubin’s report had more important tidbits than the above:

The Mets partly are downplaying their interest in Drew because they do not want to get the fan base excited and then seem to fail in pursuing a player they believe ultimately will end up back with the Red Sox anyway.

A team insider does not believe the Mets would need to first shed payroll — Ike Davis and/or Daniel Murphy — in order to free available space for Drew.

Again, I can understand that the Mets are wary of Drew returning to Boston, but the Red Sox have no reason to offer Drew anything more than one year.

If the Mets (who apparently don’t have to clear payroll first) offer a two year deal to Drew, I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t end up in Queens.

 

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