Meanwhile, Peter Gammons said earlier today on MLB Network radio that he thinks Drew will wind up signing a deal with the Mets.
Gammons explained that the Red Sox want Drew to play three positions (presumably shortstop, second base, and third base) – not remain their starting shortstop.
If Gammons is correct, it would help to explain why Drew hasn’t accepted the two year offer the Red Sox have reportedly made.
Drew, who turns 31 in March, has reportedly been seeking a three or four year deal.
The Red Sox, Mets, Blue Jays, Athletics, Twins, and Yankees have all been connected to Drew this offseason.
All offseason long, I’ve surmised that the Red Sox have no reason to offer Drew a two year deal to be their shortstop. With Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks on the roster, Drew is an extra toy – not a necessity.
The Sox offering Drew a two year deal with the expectation that he be a jack of all trades for them (not a starting shortstop) would likely mean that the deal isn’t worth annually what Drew is demanding.
Boston would lose nothing by attempting to reel Drew back in with a team friendly deal. The report that he has a two year deal from Boston but hasn’t signed, coupled with Gammons’ prediction that Drew winds up with the Mets, is quite interesting.
Perhaps this saga is close to coming to an end.