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New York Mets Still in Play for Stephen Drew

February 7th, 2014 at 4:38 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets are still looking to improve their roster as spring training is closing in. The Mets do have a glaring hole at shortstop, where they currently have Ruben Tejada slotted in as their starter. There is an upgrade available on the free agent market in the form of Stephen Drew, who remains unsigned after receiving a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox back in November. The Mets have been rumored to be interested in Drew throughout the winter, and they are still in the mix to acquire his services.

'Stephen Drew' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

WFAN's Mike Francesa reported earlier in the week that the Mets have agreed to the amount of money with Drew, but the two sides are haggling over the amount of years on the deal. While numerous other sources have refuted Francesa's report, GM Sandy Alderson told a group of season ticket holders that the Mets are willing to offer three years to Drew, although he qualified that statement by indicating it wasn't necessary yet. A potential hold up to a deal remains agent Scott Boras, who is reportedly seeking an opt out after one year according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. An opt out appears to be a dealbreaker for the Mets, who are one of several teams still interested in Drew.

The Mets remain one of the most logical landing spots for Drew, and adding him would be a coup for Alderson this late in the offseason. The problem lies with trying to figure out a good deal. Boras is known for pulling a mystery team out of thin air to get a saving grace contract for one of his qualifying offer free agents, like Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers two years ago, so the Mets need to be careful about overbidding for an above average player. While Drew would make the Mets better right now, the Mets aren't out of luck completely if they don't get him. Next winter's free agent class is a strong one at shortstop, and they could address the position next offseason if they fail to sign Drew. 

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Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.

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