Four Teams Still In On Stephen Drew

Four teams remain in on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. Two of those clubs are the oft-rumored Red Sox and Mets, but the other two remain unknown. 

Though several other organizations have been mentioned in the past as hypothetical landing spots, there has not been much in the way of firm reports connecting Drew with alternative destinations. Though Bowden does not indicate the strenght of interest from the two mystery clubs, it bodes well for Drew that his market extends beyond Boston and New York.

Of course, the issue still facing Drew is that none of his apparent suitors appears to have significant urgency to add him, making it difficult to drive up his price. The Mets, for instance, are not willing to pay Drew in the vicinity of the $14.1MM qualifying offer that he already declined, according to a recent report from Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter).


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117 Comments on "Four Teams Still In On Stephen Drew"


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psabella
1 year 4 months ago

They’re here- the mystery teams.

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LazerTown
1 year 4 months ago

It’s a Boras thing.

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1 year 4 months ago

The mystery teams have been fairly quiet this offseason.

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OG Droid
1 year 4 months ago

As long as he doesn’t go back to the Redsox I dont care where he goes. They need to see what they have in X and MIddlebrooks.

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LazerTown
1 year 4 months ago

Middlebrooks is just not that good. It could be risky if they go into the season with a prospect, and him at that side of infield.

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MB923
1 year 4 months ago

X looks like he’s going to be something special, but I think you’re overrating Middlebrooks and I don’t suspect him to get much better.

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johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

Half season to a year. 3b should be the only position where they could have an issue next year. Cecchini/WMB.. One will pan out. CF? JBJ, Sizemore and if both have troubles, they can move Victorino over and let Nava play RF and just platoon Gomes/Carp in left.

Drew doesn’t fit in Boston at all, it’s why I don’t even think they need him for 1y. 2 would be awful.

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1 year 4 months ago

He does fit. They may not be a need for him necessarily, but they’re a better team with him than without.

That said, they can afford to take risks with 3B and CF. Things won’t go so wrong there that they can’t readdress at the trade deadline.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 4 months ago

Not sure where the OF becomes relevant. It’s not like we are talking about JD. The issue with 3B is that Cecchini is still a year off and the Red Sox are always in win now mode. I think Middlebrooks is a considerable question mark and with Dempster coming off the books the Red Sox have money to work with. I would be interested to see if they have any interest in Cruz. If everyone is healthy and JBJ doesn’t struggle that outfield could be really crowded, but at the same time Cruz is a significant upgrade from Carp/Gomes if he isn’t.

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johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

Brought up CF as the other position with question marks heading into 2014, but it’s more easily covered than is 3b with multiple in house moves on hand.

Boston is the last team in the league I see Cruz signing with. They don’t pay large sums for poor plate discipline, especially combined with his age, poor defense and loss of the 1st round draft pick. It won’t happen in Boston, even after the draft if he’s still available and compensation is off the table.

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gwell55
1 year 4 months ago

He doesn’t have to get any better though to replace Drew’s bat. X needs to play short all year and Drew really doesn’t have much to offer anywhere else. WMB didn’t learn when to swing early in the count last year as he just took the first pitch or two then got behind and couldn’t dig out of a 0-1, 0-2, of 1-2 count. If he develops the common sense to take a few early split fingers for a ride his success will go up. Hopefully he will learn that from Ortiz or Petey this spring.

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Jeff Hill
1 year 4 months ago

I honestly think the Yankees are one, due to Jeter retiring and having no back up option should he get hurt again. They could also move Jeter to third and play drew at short

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Alex
1 year 4 months ago

If Jeter didn’t move to third for A-Rod, he’s not moving for Drew.

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frontdeskmike
1 year 4 months ago

Jeter wasn’t 40 when A-Rod came to town, either.

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Alex
1 year 4 months ago

True, but I don’t see the Yankees moving Jeter off of SS during his farewell season. It doesn’t make sense, but they also did give him huge money the last few years despite his age.

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gwell55
1 year 4 months ago

However when Jeter gets hurt this year (not if) the MFY’s will need someone to replace him. For the Yank’s third and second are big question marks so they should be looking to sign Drew for that reason until the eventual “Jeter gets hurt” thread starts.

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ProjectNeo
1 year 4 months ago

That’s what Brendan Ryan and Eduardo Nunez are for.

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Jeff Hill
1 year 4 months ago

Jeter also wasn’t coming off a season where he hurt his leg and only played 17 games. And you need to have good legs to play short

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Jeff Hill
1 year 4 months ago

Jeter also wasn’t coming off a season where he hurt his leg and only played 17 games. And you need to have good legs to play short

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HobokenMetsFan
1 year 4 months ago

I think the Yankees make the most sense. Put Drew at 3B for this year, then next year put him at SS once Jeter retires and Arod comes back

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MB923
1 year 4 months ago

The problem is, Drew (or perhaps it’s Boras) wants an opt out after 1 year which is a big reason why no team has signed him. If he wasn’t looking for an opt out after the first year, I think there’s a good chance he’d be on a team right now, whether it’s Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, etc.

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johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

Give him an NFL style Tom Dempsey opt out.. Google Tom Dempsey for the old Baltimore Colts… He was a very special player…

Edit:

Oh man.. I just read about his issues that he is now going through. The guy really has struggled since football.

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rct
1 year 4 months ago

Could you explain this? You got me sufficiently curious because Dempsey never played for the Colts so I googled it. . .and can’t find anything.

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johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

You are right. I was going from long ago memory initially, then looked it up and it was the Saints. Then looked up the sad story of his recent concussion issues on that Jan 2013 issue of the NYT.

He was a “rave” type player when originally made that 63yd FG however and his “foot” was a hit of sorts all of a sudden. That special shoe he wore as well if you looked it up.

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rct
1 year 4 months ago

I was more curious about the ‘Tom Dempsey opt out’. I googled that and couldn’t find anything about that.

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HobokenMetsFan
1 year 4 months ago

Completely agree. I don’t see any team giving him that luxury.

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HobokenMetsFan
1 year 4 months ago

Completely agree. I don’t see any team giving him that luxury.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 4 months ago

I think signing Drew for 2 years is the worst thing you could do, unless you have a potential SS in your system. A one year deal allows you to sign one of the SS in the 2015 free agent class (there are 4-5 starting SS in 2015). A 2 year deal just prevents you from reaping the benefits of 2015, and puts you in the same hole in 2016. I would almost rather a 3 year deal

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MB923
1 year 4 months ago

Signing Drew to a 1 year deal is a terrible move for any team not named the Red Sox.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 4 months ago

I agree, but I still think 2 is the worst case scenario

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Derpy
1 year 4 months ago

You have a better chance of being a sentient pile of $100 bills than Derek Jeter playing third base for any team, ever.

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Bill Prezioso
1 year 4 months ago

Jeter to third ? Are you kidding after19 years at short that’s crazy I don’t
think he has the arm for some of the long throws.

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gwell55
1 year 4 months ago

He also didn’t have the defensive ability for short so what is the difference?

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Bill Prezioso
1 year 4 months ago

Jeter to third ? Are you kidding after19 years at short that’s crazy I don’t
think he has the arm for some of the long throws.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 4 months ago

Before Jeter announced his retirement I was saying that Jeter should openly come out and say he wants Stephen Drew on this team and he is willing to move to second to make it happen. It would be the last of many classy moves we have seen Jeter make to make sure the Yankees are in the best position to win. I also believe that it would make it a lot easier for him to stay on the field. That being said, now that it’s virtually a guarantee that it is going to be his last season, it would be a shame to see him dethroned for just the one season.

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Jorden
1 year 4 months ago

Bowden was fed this 4 team, mystery hype from Boras himself.

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Matt Mosher
1 year 4 months ago

Yankees are def one, no matter what they say.