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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  • Ken Meoni

    Something worth reading from Andy Martino.
    “The Mets maintain interest in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew (above),
    but are reluctant to offer more than a one-year deal, according to a
    major league official briefed on the team’s thinking.
    That official said that Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has called the Mets about
    Drew far more often than the Mets have called Boras. The team sees Drew
    as an upgrade over Ruben Tejada, of course, but not necessarily worth
    the price.
    Drew declined Boston’s $14.1 million qualifying offer (signing him would
    cost the Mets a third-round draft pick), so the assumption among some
    major league executives is that he will seek a two or three-year-deal
    worth about that much annually. The Red Sox and Mets are the only clubs
    known to be engaged with Drew, though it is possible that Boras is
    speaking with other teams.

    Drew, who will turn 31 in March, batted .253/.333/.443 last year for Boston,
    with 13 home runs. He is an excellent defensive shortstop, which is
    important for any team, but especially one built around young pitching,
    as the Mets are.

    So why isn’t the market for Drew more robust? The veteran stumbled on the
    national stage in October, capping a horrific postseason by batting .158
    in the World Series. He is tied to draft pick compensation. And,
    according to an official with one team who expressed early interest in
    Drew, his medicals are raising some concerns.

    As of now, the Mets are willing to show patience on Drew, and swoop in
    later if his market collapses. One source compared Boras’ actions with
    Drew to Jay-Z’s November request for a meeting with the Mets regarding
    Robinson Cano; in other words, the Mets realize that they might be used
    to create the perception of a hotter market for Drew.

    If that is the case, the team is prepared to begin the season with Tejada at shortstop.”

    What sticks out to me is the concern for Drews medicals. As I have said…….he’s damaged goods.