The Mets remain engaged with agent Scott Boras about free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but a source familiar with the process tells Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that Drew is more of a "possibility" than a "probability" for them. Team officials are divided about how valuable Drew would be to the Mets.
The Mets would be more willing to consider a one- or two-year deal for Drew at the right price but don't want to go to three years or beyond. Andy Martino of the Daily News (on Twitter) gets the sense that the Mets have a strong reluctance towards offering anything more than one year. However, Rubin writes that if Drew were to accept a shorter-term deal, the feeling is that it would be with the Red Sox. Because of that, some Mets officials are wary that Boras is using them to drive up the price in Boston. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes recently explored possible destinations for the 14th-ranked player on MLBTR's 2014 Top 50 Free Agents list including the Astros, Yankees, Twins, Royals, and Marlins, in addition to the Mets and Red Sox.
A team insider tells Rubin that he doesn't think the Mets would need to shed payroll in order to free available space for Drew. It also helps that their first-round pick is protected. The Mets have already forfeited their second-round draft choice for signing Curtis Granderson, so inking Drew would cost them their third-round selection and its assigned slot-value, something, according to Rubin, they are not totally averse to considering.
The club has made it known that they're comfortable with using Ruben Tejada at shortstop, a revelation that was surprising given his recent history with the Mets. The Mets always recognized that he has talent, but his work ethic and motivation was repeatedly called into question in 2013.