The Latest On The Mets & Stephen Drew

By Danny Abriano

In his latest article for the New York Post, Kevin Kernan says that the Mets continue to debate whether or not to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew:

Oct 7, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) forces out Tampa Bay Rays left fielder David DeJesus (7) and throws to first base during the first inning of game three of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

"There are those in the Mets organization who would love to see Drew at shortstop because of Ruben Tejada’s performance the past few years and agent Scott Boras would like to deliver him to Citi Field. Signing Drew would mean a solid, veteran shortstop, one who was loved by teammates in Boston because of his style of play."

Later in his article, Kernan states that the Mets are open to giving Drew a two year deal, but that agent Scott Boras wants a three year pact for his client:

"But as with most cases with the Mets, money is the issue. Drew is believed to be seeking a three-year deal; the Mets are looking at two years."

While Kernan notes that “money” is an issue regarding the Mets and Drew, it’s quite evident that Drew’s market is close to non-existent at the moment.

Kernan surmises that the Yankees could jump in, but that really doesn’t make much sense.  The Yankees have Derek Jeter at shortstop (with Brendan Ryan as his backup), Brian Roberts at second base, and Alex Rodriguez (pending the outcome of his potential suspension) at third base.  Even if the Yankees were open to bringing Drew aboard, it needs to be noted that he’s never played anywhere but shortstop.  In effect, the Yankees would be bringing on someone they have no room for who would have to learn a new position.

It’s been reported recently that the Red Sox are refusing to give Drew a deal that’s worth more than one year.  If that’s true, the Mets could conceivably land him for two years.  Scott Boras may want a three year deal for Drew, but that won’t matter if his market continues to be as dry as a bone.

There are some who continue to shoot down the potential of Drew landing with the Mets, but it appears a perfect storm may be brewing – a storm that results in the shortstop landing in Queens.

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