The Latest on Stephen Drew

In movies, they call what I’m about to do “breaking the fourth wall.”  For the purposes of this article, I’ll call it “breaking the virtual page:”

Sep 24, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) fields a ground ball during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Stephen Drew rumors have gotten tiresome for most.  However, it’s my job as someone who writes about the Mets to continue writing about the rumors.  I’m not getting some kind of twisted satisfaction out of writing story after story about Drew. Quite the contrary, actually.  Now…the latest on Stephen Drew:

During an appearance last night on the MLB Network, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports discussed free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.

Heyman reported a few days ago that the Yankees “were at least weighing” a run at Drew.  That report was shot down by Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney the next day, and Andy Martino of the Daily News recently came out with a report that jives with what Rosenthal and Olney are saying.  Still, Heyman insists that the Yankees remain “more interested in Drew than ever.”  Make of that what you will.

As far as other teams who may be threats to land Drew, Heyman cited the Mets and the Blue Jays (who have Jose Reyes, meaning Drew would need to learn a new position – presumably second base).

Nevertheless, Heyman continues to believe that the Red Sox are the favorites to land Drew.  To back this up, he stated that the Red Sox are prepared to play Xander Bogaerts at third base.  If that’s the case, Drew returning to Boston makes sense.  However, I haven’t heard anyone else report that the Red Sox have plans to move Bogaerts off shortstop this season.

Heyman noted last night that the Red Sox are “willing” to give Drew a multi-year deal, which sounds a bit odd considering the fact that Ben Cherington last week labeled his talks with Scott Boras regarding Drew “a courtesy.”

There’s always a chance Cherington is posturing, but at what point does posturing become brazen?  It’s one thing to temper your interest in a player, and quite another to insinuate that you’re only staying in contact with said player out of “courtesy.”

I remain highly skeptical that Boston will offer Drew more than one year (that obviously changes if they shift Bogaerts to third base), and doubt the Yankees are involved.  For now, it appears that the Mets, Blue Jays, Twins, and Athletics (the last two were thrown out there recently by Andy Martino) are the teams who are linked to Drew.

If Drew signed with Toronto or Oakland (assuming they have interest), he’d likely have to learn a new position.  If he signed with the Mets or Twins (assuming they have interest), he’d play shortstop.

As has been the case over the last month or so, I’m guessing that unless a team emerges and offers Drew a three year deal, he’ll have to settle for a two year deal somewhere.  Who that comes from remains to be seen.

 

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  • Ken Meoni

    :) I bet you can’t wait for a headline that reads, “Drew Signs…………..” Anyway, thanks for keeping us up to date.

  • Rich S

    I understand due diligence and not wanting to overpay. But the alternative is Ruben Tejada. Again, the alternative is Ruben Tejada. Having him at SS negates much of the good work done this off-season.

    • Guest

      The alternative is that two big contracts coming off means nothing but them spending LESS money. Which is honestly a FU to their fans. Are we supposed to be happy with an overpriced 4th OF, one player and a replacement for Matt Harvey? I’m not. How many every day bats are we really sure about now? Three? Come on!

    • Victor Chu

      Just to clarify your comment of “Are we supposed to be happy with an overpriced 4th OF, one player and a replacement for Matt Harvey?” …. I think you meant “… one player to replace Marlon Byrd …” in that sentence … so, I think what you really mean is that, overall, the Mets did not improve their 2014 team by much, if at all, yet … unless we think that Chris Young will have a better year that the other Young (Eric) … I certainly don’t expect Granderson to be much better than Byrd was last year and Colon is not going to be better than Harvey was last year. Not to mention that we have not yet replaced LaTroy Hawkins yet … so, absent signing Drew or any other major moves, for the Mets to break .500 this year, they need Davis and Tejeda to rebound to their best year’s performance level and for D’Arnaud and the bullpen to realize their potential … and, that’s assuming no one else gets hurt!

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