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"


homer
homer
1 year 6 months ago

They’re here- the mystery teams.

LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

It’s a Boras thing.

1 year 6 months ago

The mystery teams have been fairly quiet this offseason.

OG Droid
1 year 6 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.

LazerTown
1 year 6 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.

MB923
1 year 6 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.

johnsilver
1 year 6 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.

1 year 6 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.

Joe Valenti
1 year 6 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.

johnsilver
1 year 6 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.

gwell55
1 year 6 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.

Jeff Hill
1 year 6 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

Alex
1 year 6 months ago

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

frontdeskmike
1 year 6 months ago

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

Alex
1 year 6 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.

gwell55
1 year 6 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.

ProjectNeo
1 year 6 months ago

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

Jeff Hill
1 year 6 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

Jeff Hill
1 year 6 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

HobokenMetsFan
1 year 6 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

MB923
1 year 6 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.

johnsilver
1 year 6 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.

rct
1 year 6 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.

johnsilver
1 year 6 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.

rct
1 year 6 months ago

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

HobokenMetsFan
1 year 6 months ago

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

HobokenMetsFan
1 year 6 months ago

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

Joe Valenti
1 year 6 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

MB923
1 year 6 months ago

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

Joe Valenti
1 year 6 months ago

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

Derpy
1 year 6 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.

Bill Prezioso
1 year 6 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.

gwell55
1 year 6 months ago

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

Bill Prezioso
1 year 6 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.

Joe Valenti
1 year 6 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.

Jorden
1 year 6 months ago

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

Matt Mosher
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees are def one, no matter what they say.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

I feel like if the Yankees are going to sign anyone else, its going to be Diaz…not Drew.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Diaz won’t help much this year and he is projected to move to 2B

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Exactly, we need a 2B once Roberts goes down. Diaz can stay in AAA until then

Redsoxn8tion
1 year 6 months ago

The Yankees can have him. Aside from his defense he really wasn’t much of an addition for the Sox last year. Sure he had a few big hits here and there but that isn’t worth the rumored 14 million a year that Boras is looking to get him. The Sox already offered him 14 million as a qualifying offer. Way to burn the bridge for you client Bor-ass.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

The Yankees don’t want him

Redsoxn8tion
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t blame them if they don’t.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

I have not heard Boras looking for 14 million a year. He just wants more years than 1-2. Players not really concerned as much with the AAV, its the total dollars even if the AAV is lower.

Jorden
1 year 6 months ago

Second base for the O’s

Meh Sheep
1 year 6 months ago

Why? Their top position prospect plays 2b.

Adam Bomb
1 year 6 months ago

If the Red Sox have indeed made him an offer and he hasn’t already accepted then just move on. Why you wouldn’t want to come back to a team that just won the World Series when you don’t have many suitors to begin with is beyond me.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

He most likely wants a multi year deal.

BRigney61
1 year 6 months ago

Drew is getting more “press” than other free agents perhaps because
of indecision on his part or poor advice from his agent. I don’t understand it ! We aren’t talking Ozzie Smith here !

Maggiemay
1 year 6 months ago

I hope those 4 teams have got somebody to platoon with him.

GrilledCheese39
1 year 6 months ago

Crossing my fingers one of them is the Pirates, but that will never happen

Todd Smith
1 year 6 months ago

Unless they are going to put him at first base, I’m not sure how Drew makes any sense for the Pirates.

Ron Loreski
1 year 6 months ago

Actually it does make sense. Mercer to 2B, Walker to 1B.

Nathan Boley
1 year 6 months ago

No, Mercer would move to third, Pedro to first.

Ron Loreski
1 year 6 months ago

Scott Boras would never allow Alvarez to move to 1B. Besides, 2nd is Mercer’s best defensive position.

Todd Smith
1 year 6 months ago

If Drew was a lot cheaper and didn’t have a draft pick tied to him, I could maybe see that. For that price though, just sign Morales. Or trade for Smoak, keep the draft pick, save $10MM and there’s no need to shuffle around the infield.

chicothekid
1 year 6 months ago

Do the Pirates REALLY want to give up their 1st round draft pick just to sign a league average SS, then overpay him for the privilege because his agent is Boras?

Jorden
1 year 6 months ago

Could he be an option to play second base for the O’s?

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Drew’s value come mainly from his glove not his bat, moving him to a position he has never played in the MLB would be a mistake. Plus if he was going to move, SS generally move to 3B not 2B

sgtschmidt11
1 year 6 months ago

So him ranking 8th in WOBA for SS’s over 300 PA’s is him being a bad bat? That’s ahead of Reyes and Hardy. His UZR ranked 12th last year, which would suggest he steady with both, but premium because of his bat.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Drew was had a good offensive 2013 (.337 wOBP) but his wOBP was .291 in 2012 and .315 in 2011. There is more to a player than his 2013 stats.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Well. he was coming off an ankle injury in 2012 and 2011 was shortened by the same injury. Previous to this, his full season stats look remarkably like his 2013 stats

Elston Howard
1 year 6 months ago

He’s not a bad bat, just not a difference maker, although against good pitching in the post season he was sorely exposed. Drew is a good player, he just has a bad agent. Any one in their right mind would have analyzed the market and grabbed the $14M QO. Boras blew it.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

He absolutely kills RHP’ers which are 70% of a players AB’s. There have been SS who have moved to 2B although the transition is not as easy as 3B

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

He absolutely kills RHP’ers which are 70% of a players AB’s. There have been SS who have moved to 2B although the transition is not as easy as 3B

ChrisSabo17
1 year 6 months ago

Reds? Maybe Bobby C is going to spend some money now and try to get a bargain and upgrade at SS. Hey I can hope right?

Derpy
1 year 6 months ago

I hope next year a few of these players figure out accepting a QO isn’t such a bad thing.

Todd Smith
1 year 6 months ago

Being forced to sign a one year contract at the risk of lowering your value on the free agent market and punishing a team that actually wants and needs to sign you isn’t necessarily a good thing either.

This needs to be fixed.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

“Forced” really?

Todd Smith
1 year 6 months ago

Really.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

Forced (def) – obtained or imposed by coercion or physical power.

Not really at all.

PittsburghPirates0022
1 year 6 months ago

Mets, Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays

Slippin' Joey
1 year 6 months ago

He’s not worth a first round pick, he’s gonna spend the entire season injured. This is Boras trying to make his client sound better. Guess he’s resorting to that now that he knows he messed up with Drews contract.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Neither the Yankees or Mets and about 12 other teams would lose a 1st round pick. Drew has been relatively healthy in his career except for a broken ankle in a home plate collision.

Slippin' Joey
1 year 6 months ago

Yep, averaging 73 games a year for the past 5 years even with him playing 124 games last year counts as relatively healthy.

Conquerbeard
1 year 6 months ago

Either you’re looking at incorrect figures or you’re bad at math, but according to Baseball Reference, he has played in 575 games in the past 5 seasons, or 115 per.

2013: 124
2012: 79
2011: 86
2010: 151
2009: 135

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Neither the Yankees or Mets and about 12 other teams would lose a 1st round pick. Drew has been relatively healthy in his career except for a broken ankle in a home plate collision.

Tommets
1 year 6 months ago

He’s going to be signed soon, whoever it is.

dc21892
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t want him back in Boston if it means he takes Middlebrooks or Bogaerts spots.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Boras’ tricks are evolving, now its the unknown team not the mystery team.

OriginalHitman
1 year 6 months ago

As long as it’s not the Mets signing him, I don’t care where he goes.

Joshua Ryan
1 year 6 months ago

Why, so they can play Wilmer Flores at SS? Oh wait, you non-ironically want that. Nonsense. Drew is a massive upgrade over both Tejada and Flores at SS and he’s definitely worth giving up a third round pick for.

OriginalHitman
1 year 6 months ago

What’s nonsense is you being desperate paying $14 million for a guy who’s played 289 games in 3 seasons & can barely hit over .250. Heard this last year about how Bourn was such a “massive upgrade”, and what happened again? Came undone in Cleveland. Discounting a kid like Flores before you even see what he can do is even more ridiculous.

Joshua Ryan
1 year 6 months ago

He was moved off of shortstop two years ago for a reason. Flores is big, has no range, or foot speed. His range at second has been described as barely passable.

Drew is a career .264/.329/.435 hitter who plays very good defense. That’s a valuable shortstop

OriginalHitman
1 year 6 months ago

Drew is not the same hitter before the ankle injury. A line of .241/.324/.406/.730 afterward is NOT one of a valuable player, especially for $14 million. This team needs a young SS in the worst way. For the record, Flores spent the winter in fitness boot camp in Michigan & he looks to be in magnificent shape, so all that “he’s too big for the position” talk is no longer relevant.

Federal League
1 year 6 months ago

From 2006 to 2011, Stephen Drew posted a 162-game average of .270/.330/.442 with 12 home runs, 28 doubles, 8 triples, and 6 stolen bases over 515 plate appearances.

In 2013, Stephen Drew hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles, 8 triples, and 6 stolen bases over 501 plate appearances.

The numbers say that Stephen Drew is the exact same hitter he was before his ankle injury.

OriginalHitman
1 year 6 months ago

So you telling me Drew will be the exact same hitter in Citi that he was in places like Chase & Fenway? Sorry, I don’t see it.

TheRealRyan
1 year 6 months ago

Michael Bourn battled injuries all season and only played in 130 games. In those 130 games he was worth 2-2.4 WAR, which translates to a value of $10-$12 million. That means he was worth roughly the $12 million Cleveland paid him.

OriginalHitman
1 year 6 months ago

Will he be roughly worth the money Cleveland pays him should he continue to be ravaged with injuries? He’s now 31 and few speedsters age gracefully & continue to play at a high level. Ask J-Roll in Philly how he’s progressing.