Spring training games begin in a shade over a week, and Scott Boras, who represents free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, is continuing his attempt to save face.
Oct 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) reacts after striking out against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning in game six of the American League Championship Series playoff baseball game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
That attempt includes asking for $14 million annually for Drew, which is a tick shy of the amount Boras advised Drew to leave on the table earlier this offseason after the Red Sox extended a $14.1 million qualifying offer.
If Boras continues to seek $14 million annually for Drew, the Mets – and every other team – will refuse to budge.
Scott Boras made a tactical error, but that’s not something other teams should have to pay for.
The Mets are still interested in Drew, but refuse to pay what they believe to be an outlandish price. Writes Bill Madden in the Daily News:
"Nevertheless, one Mets higher-up told me they have not yet closed the door on Drew if the price can get right for them. In order to save face, Boras has got to get in excess of $14.1 million for Drew. But no one is going to give him that much on a one-year deal, and unless the Red Sox suddenly have a change of heart, or Boras is able to pull a last minute “mystery team” out of his hat, as he’s done so many times before (see: Prince Fielder in 2012), there doesn’t appear to be anyone willing to go even two years on Drew any more."
When it comes to handing out absurd contracts, all it takes is one foolish general manager with an itchy trigger finger. As Madden points out, though, there doesn’t appear to be any team willing to give Drew close to what he’s seeking – either in terms of average annual value or years.
The Red Sox have no reason to re-sign Drew, especially at what he’s demanding. The Yankees say they’re not interested, and no team aside from the Mets has been identified as a serious suitor.
Jim Bowden reported yesterday that there were four teams who were “in” on Drew (meaning two aside from the Mets and Red Sox), but those teams haven’t been identified (if they even exist).
Madden hinted in his article that Boras may be stubborn to the point of going into the regular season with Drew unsigned. That would be outrageous, but not surprising considering how this is playing out at the moment.