According to Jim Bowden, there are currently four teams who are “in” on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Bowden notes that two of those teams are the Mets and the Red Sox, but is unsure who the other two teams are.
Along with Bowden’s report, there were two other noteworthy pieces of information that came out Tuesday regarding Drew.
The first, is that agent Scott Boras is still seeking an average annual value of $14 million for Drew – likely due to the fact that he advised him to turn down the $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer the Red Sox extended after the season.
The second, is the revelation from Joel Sherman of the Post that the Yankees made Drew a two or three year offer earlier this offseason, but rescinded the offer after they went on their spending spree that imported Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, and others. Sherman notes in his report that the Yankees are not expected to jump back in on Drew.
It’s not surprising that Boras is seeking $14 million annually for Drew, considering the fact that he instructed Drew to leave that money on the table earlier this offseason. While Boras can ask for whatever he wants for his client, it would be stunning if any team actually gave in to that demand.
As far as the four teams who are supposedly in on Drew, that could be the case. Or, it could be Scott Boras trying to create the illusion that Drew’s market is more than just the Red Sox (whose interest is tepid at best) and the Mets.