New York Mets News

Sandy Alderson: “All Remaining Free Agents” on the Radar

By Danny Abriano

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was in attendance last night in Virginia in support of a charity event being thrown by David Wright.

Dec 10, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

While there, Alderson was asked point blank if free agent shortstop Stephen Drew was on the radar, and had the following to say:

"All remaining free agents are on our radar."

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon was also in attendance, and chimed in on what the rest of the offseason may provide:

"I approve of what Sandy said. How’s that? Sandy and his staff have done a good job. And there probably will be a couple more things that might happen between now and the end of the offseason."


It’s hard to imagine that free agents such as Ervin Santana (the Mets have no need) and Nelson Cruz (the Mets have no room) are on the Mets’ radar.

However, with the Mets’ failed pursuit of free agent Grant Balfour, and now their interest in free agent Fernando Rodney, it’s evident the team still has money to spend.

If the team had landed Balfour (who commanded $6 million annually), it may have made it a bit more difficult to potentially land Stephen Drew as well.  Rodney, though, made only $2.5 million last year and should be more affordable than Balfour.

It’s definitely feasible for the Mets to add another reliever (Rodney or someone else) and Drew before the offseason comes to a close in a few weeks.

Those stating that the Mets had no money left were proven wrong when their offer to Balfour was reported, and there’s no reason to think the Mets will stuff their hands in their pockets now and refuse to maneuver further.

As far as Drew is concerned, there was a report Thursday night that the Yankees were “at least weighing” a run at Stephen Drew, but that report was shot down Friday morning by both Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney.

Meanwhile, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington made it seem earlier in the week that Boston is prepared to move on without Drew.  At this point, it would be very surprising if Boston offered Drew anything more than a one year deal.

That leaves the Mets and perhaps teams such as Houston and Minnesota as potential suitors for Drew.

Barring another team offering Drew a three year deal, it would appear the Mets are in solid position to land him on a two year pact if they so choose.

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