Scott Boras, who represents free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, is attempting to shoot down the notion that his client has a limited market.
While speaking with Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Boras had the following to say regarding Drew and the free agent market:
There are five or six teams who I have actively talked to concerning Stephen. “Ben [Cherington, the Red Sox GM] and I have continued our dialogue and will continue to talk. I tell my clients all the time that free agency is a long process. It just doesn’t end at Christmas. It’s a January, February, and even a March process. Teams assess their needs, explore their trade options, and when things finally settle there’s still a free agent market for them to turn to. Ask the Red Sox what Stephen meant to their team.
Cafardo says that the Red Sox would like Drew back, but prefer to limit any potential contract to one year.
Note the wording Boras used above.
He said that he has “actively talked” to 5 or 6 teams regarding Drew, not that he’s currently having dialogue with 5 or 6 teams.
Boras can call whoever he wants about Drew, but him picking up the phone and engaging teams doesn’t mean those teams have any interest in Drew.
As has been the case for the last month or so, it appears that the Red Sox and Mets are the only teams who have legitimate interest in Drew. That can change, but it hasn’t as of yet.
It’s the middle of January, there’s no end in sight to the Drew saga, and Boras is citing February and March as potential signing dates for free agents.
I still think the first team that offers two years to Drew will be able to snag him. Who that will be remains to be seen.