The New York Mets have been relatively quiet since signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon two weeks ago. The Mets have indicated they are probably done with big ticket free agent purchases, instead focusing their efforts on the trade market. While the Mets have been busy trying to deal Ike Davis and acquire a shortstop, super agent Scott Boras has been hard at work too. Boras is reportedly trying to get the Mets into the bidding for two of his remaining big ticket items, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Kendrys Morales, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.
Drew, 30, has been linked to the Mets throughout the offseason. The Mets have been monitoring his market throughout the winter, but they were not expected to get in on the bidding. This is due to a belief by General Manager Sandy Alderson that Drew will likely re-sign with the Boston Red Sox, who made him a qualifying offer that has limited his market. Reports then surfaced that Drew was waiting to see how the Yankees' shortstop situation would play out, and it looks as if Boras is trying to get the Mets back into the bidding now. Boras is clearly trying to drum up a bidding war for Drew's services, and the Mets would be wise to avoid jumping in on this one. Drew is a good player and a clear upgrade over Ruben Tejada, but if the Mets have to play more than 10 million dollars a year for Drew it simply isn't worth it.
Morales, on the other hand, is a player worth watching over the next month. Morales is another player whose market has been hurt by a qualifying offer, which in this case was made by the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners do not figure to re-sign him after they addressed their first base hole by adding Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, and reports have indicated he could be a possibility to sign a team friendly deal as spring training approches. Morales hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI's in spacious Safeco Field, a good sign for a hitter who would come to equally challenging Citi Field. Morales, 30, is several years removed from a freak injury that slowed his development and ended up with him in Seattle last season.
Morales would be a good gamble for the Mets to take. Morales represents an offensive upgrade over the team's in house candidates (Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and Josh Satin) and could hit in the middle of the order. While Morales is a bit shaky defensively, the Mets appear willing to sacrifice a bit of defensive ability at first base by dangling Davis on the trade market. Morales would be a perfect fifth place hitter for the Mets and give the lineup more depth behind David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Adding Morales would also give the Mets an offensive boost at first base, allowing them the ability to trade offense for defense at short (Ruben Tejada) and possibly center field (Juan Lagares). The draft pick issue also shouldn't be a problem for the Mets, who would only have to surrender a third round pick for Morales' services. Time will tell how the Morales market will shake out, as Boras has been known to pull a rabbit out of his hat from time to time.
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