Mets general manager Sandy Alderson appeared on the MLB Network this morning and weighed in on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
Dec 10, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks with reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Alderson intimated that he wouldn’t be surprised if Drew – represented by agent Scott Boras – waited until after the June draft to sign. Boras has suggested waiting until after the draft is a possibility, and it’s something that gets more and more possible with each passing day.
As far as how Drew might fit with the Mets, Alderson offered the following:
"It does appear that we would be a logical landing spot for someone like Stephen Drew. But, at the same time, we have to make our own independent evaluation and cost-benefit computation and act accordingly, which is what we have done."
Alderson is continuing to echo what he’s been saying – and what most general managers have been intimating – for the last month or so: presently, the amount of money Scott Boras is requesting for Stephen Drew is out of whack with what potential teams think he’s worth.
As has been noted numerous times, Boras is certainly stubborn enough to allow this situation to leak into the season and potentially into mid-June. There’s nothing to indicate that any team is willing to pay Drew what Boras is currently requesting, and nothing to indicate Boras is ready to accept reality.