Earlier tonight, during an appearance on Mets Hot Stove on SNY, Andy Martino of the Daily News had the following to say about the Mets and Stephen Drew:
They like the player, I think they’ve liked him all winter long…they’re really holding strong right now with Scott Boras, and they don’t want to go more than one year. They don’t necessarily have to if the Red Sox don’t, because that’s really the market right now – the Mets and the Red Sox. If Scott Boras had another team involved, I think we’d know by now…right now where it stands is they like him, but they’re being real tough in the negotiating process.
The above from Martino is far from earth-shattering, but it jives with what most have been assuming over the last few weeks.
Earlier today, Sandy Alderson said that it was more likely that the Mets would go with Ruben Tejada than an outside acquisition, but that’s to be expected. Alderson keeps things close to the vest (pun intended), and it’s doubtful he would tip the Mets’ hand in the event they were in active negotiations with Drew.
There have been reports that the Mets are “holding firm” on one year for Drew, but it appears that the reason why they’re holding firm is because no other team has offered Drew a deal – not because they refuse to eventually offer Drew two years.
If the Red Sox ultimately offer Drew a one year deal to return to Boston, that would be the time for the Mets to jump in and offer two years.