Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) cannot get to the single by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) during the third inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Never before have I been as unsure as to a move the Mets could make.
Stephen Drew has brought me to this point.
When the off-season started, Drew was atop the list of free agents for the Mets to acquire, it just made sense. The Mets needed a shortstop and Drew played shortstop.
The Mets had other needs to fill, and they made signings to fill them. The Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Bartolo Colon signings were fantastic. I was sold on all three. But Drew has been a weird case.
Countless number of articles, even some on this site, documented what Drew could (or couldn’t) add to the 2014 Mets team. They swayed me back to be on Tejada’s side.
Now it’s spring training and I’m back to being on the fence. Stephen Drew remains unsigned and it seems he either is a Met or he goes back to Boston. Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that signing a big name free agent seemed “unlikely”. So that puts the Mets in their current state, with Ruben Tejada as the starting shortstop. If asked in the beginning of the off-season if that would be okay with most Mets fans, the answer would be a resounding no.
Is committing $10 million for one season of Drew really the better option? It seems that’s the position Alderson and the Mets are put in. Tejada has the ability to be an average offensive shortstop, with above average defense. That would be serviceable and exactly what the Mets are looking for. But, in a season where a team has some holes, being able to enter a season with a limited number of holes is crucial to success. If signing Drew for one season is able to make first base and outfield the only “problem areas”, then go do it. Pay Drew the $10 million dollars.
2014 is supposed to be the year the turn-around of the New York Mets happens. For that to occur, the Mets need to win more games and build for the future. Stephen Drew can help you win more games. Or maybe he can’t.
Ask me today, the Mets should sign Stephen Drew. That may change tomorrow. Who knows? But, that’s why I’m not in Sandy Alderson’s position.