Stephen Drew may be fallback option for Mets

By Danny Abriano

If the Mets’ search for a shortstop upgrade doesn’t bear fruit over the next few months, the club may turn to free agent Stephen Drew as a fallback option.

Writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

"Drew also is coming off a poor offensive season, lowering his asking price. Presumably, he’d consider a one-year deal and look to improve his fortunes next winter. Drew is considered a very good defensive shortstop, but he struggled with the bat last year with the Red Sox and Yankees, finishing at .162."

Drew had draft pick compensation attached to him last winter, and was advised by agent Scott Boras to wait out the market instead of accepting the qualifying offer from Boston.

Drew wound up waiting until June to sign a one-year deal with Boston, and wound up getting traded to the Yankees shortly after.


Jon Heyman has been known as a mouthpiece for Scott Boras, who represents Drew, meaning anything he reports that lacks meat should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote last week about the potential interest both the Mets and Yankees might have in Drew.

As a fallback, last resort type option, Stephen Drew at one year and $4 million or so is fine.

However, the Mets should be turning over every stone before it gets to that point.