Alderson told DiComo that he recently spoke with Drew’s agent Scott Boras, but noted that the talks have been “sporadic.” Said Alderson about the potential of landing Drew:
We haven’t ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely. I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities. We continue to monitor his situation. We’re looking at other free agents that are still available and trying to judge their status, and how they might fit with us. I know there’s been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that’s what it remains — speculation.
The above statements from Alderson are in stark contrast to ones he made a few nights ago, when he noted that “all remaining free agents” were options for the Mets. It also contradicts Jeff Wilpon’s words from the same night, when he implied the Mets weren’t done making impact moves.
Alderson saying Drew to the Mets is “unlikely” could be his true assessment, or it could be posturing.
Earlier this offseason, while the Mets were finalizing their deal with Bartolo Colon, Alderson told reporters that the Mets were likely done making large additions.
That’s not to say that the Mets are finalizing a deal with Drew and Alderson is trying to throw people off the scent, but anything he says regarding ongoing negotiations should be taken with a grain of salt.
If the Mets were in deep negotiations with Drew (or anyone), it’s highly unlikely that Alderson would admit it. There would simply be no reason to.
If Alderson’s words turn out to be true, and Drew lands elsewhere, judgment will have to be reserved until details of Drew’s contract are known.
At the moment, it appears that Drew can be had on a two-year deal. If he lands somewhere besides Queens on a deal that’s no more than two years at an average annual value that isn’t prohibitive, the Mets will have some explaining to do.
Next year’s free agent shortstop market may appear deep, but that’s assuming the majority of those players don’t sign extensions during the season. Even if some of those players (such as Jed Lowrie and Asdrubal Cabrera) hit free agency, the Mets would likely have to win a bidding war and forfeit their first round pick in order to sign one of them.
Drew is there for the taking, and passing on him if a potential deal is to the Mets’ liking would be foolish. The Mets need an upgrade at shortstop. If it isn’t Drew, one would think it’ll have to come via trade – something the Mets have explored, but have thus far had no luck achieving.