Mets Notes: Drew, Franklin, Davis

Scott Boras says he has "had dialogue" with the Mets regarding Stephen DrewNewsday's Anthony Rieber reports. Boras also seemed to criticize the Mets, however, for their lack of interest in signing Drew. "The bigger issue is the credibility of the teams that are deficient," said Boras. "They have known weaknesses. … When these players are available and clubs that have weaknesses are not pursuing them, a question of the integrity of what the goals of the organization are come to mind." The Mets still plan to go into the 2014 season with Ruben Tejada as their starting shortstop. Here are more notes from New York.

  • One source close to Drew indicates he is unlikely to sign with the Mets, Dan Martin of the New York Post writes. Drew still wants a multiyear deal, and the Mets reportedly don't want to give him one.
  • The Mets also haven't had significant talks with the Mariners about middle infielder Nick Franklin, Mike Puma of the New York Post tweets. The Mets had previously been connected to Franklin, who became expendable when the Mariners acquired Robinson Cano.
  • The last day to release a player with a non-guaranteed Major League contract and pay just one-sixth of his salary was Wednesday, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin notes (on Twitter). In that context, it may be at least somewhat notable that Ike Davis is still with the Mets. Davis suffered through a disappointing season in 2013 and now has a calf injury. Davis has frequently been connected to other teams in trade rumors and is set to make just $3.5MM in 2014, however, so it seems unlikely the Mets would release him. They could, however, still do so and only pay one-fourth of his salary if they make the decision by March 26.


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43 Comments on "Mets Notes: Drew, Franklin, Davis"


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Adam Heath
1 year 3 months ago

Mets should just give Drew a deal already. It’s clear that Rueben Tejada has no interest in doing what it takes to remain a major league shortstop. Drew isn’t bad on a three year deal if we can get it done. We have zero shortstop prospects that are going to be ready in the next 2-3 years. Nick Franklin doesn’t project much better that Wilmer Flores as a shortstop so that deal doesn’t make sense.

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Greg Gaugler
1 year 3 months ago

Drew’s the kind of guy that just wants to play. Last year he took less from Red Sox than the Yankees were offering so he could be an everyday player. The longer they wait, the more desperate Drew will get to get in the game. As much as I like and respect Drew, I find this satisfying because of Scott Boras.

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NickinIthaca
1 year 3 months ago

If he was the type of guy that just wants to play he wouldn’t be willing to wait until June to play….

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Greg Gaugler
1 year 3 months ago

That’s Boras… Drew is somebody who regrets not taking the Red Sox qualifying offer… Meanwhile, Boras is probably like “Hold off, hold off… I’ll get you more money” …But Drew is not superstar talent, so Boras overplayed his hand (because of the weak SS market), and Drew is now paying the price.

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Greg Gaugler
1 year 3 months ago

That’s Boras… Drew is somebody who regrets not taking the Red Sox qualifying offer… Meanwhile, Boras is probably like “Hold off, hold off… I’ll get you more money” …But Drew is not superstar talent, so Boras overplayed his hand (because of the weak SS market), and Drew is now paying the price.

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Erik Christensen
1 year 3 months ago

If Drew was the kind of guy who “just wants to play”, not only would he have signed a contract with someone by now (or just taken the qualifying offer the Red Sox offered him).. He would have someone other than Boras representing him.

The fact that Boras is his agent just makes him look like another lazy greedy ballplayer

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Stonehands
1 year 3 months ago

What makes him lazy just because Boras represents him?

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Metsfan93
1 year 3 months ago

Can Wilmer Flores actually play shortstop? I was under the impression he’s a first/third-baseman, maybe second, but that the shortstop ship had sailed.

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mikefichera
1 year 3 months ago

short was his natural position.

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Metsfan93
1 year 3 months ago

The key operative there is “was”

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mikefichera
1 year 3 months ago

imo, they should trade for one of arizona’s SS prospects.

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TheRealRyan
1 year 3 months ago

I heard Arizona is asking for a lot in return. The rumor I saw they wanted TDA. I think the Mets would be better off paying Drew, than trading their farm.

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mikefichera
1 year 3 months ago

That is a lot. Mets would be trading a key for a key at that point.

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paqza
1 year 3 months ago

No, he cannot. Wright would probably be better, actually.

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Adam Blosser
1 year 3 months ago

Scott Boras the bully of MLB.

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Derpy
1 year 3 months ago

If Boras think his client is worth so much, he should supplement a subpar contract with his own cash. :p

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Matt Mosher
1 year 3 months ago

Maybe genius Boras should have had Drew sign the Qualifying Offer. Then, he wouldnt need to resort to seventh-grade tactics of insulting teams to gain interest in his clients.

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Anthony
1 year 3 months ago

I think MLB should investigate and fine Boras for making salacious statements about a specific organization’s integrity! I am not a Mets fan, I am a Twins fan. “Mr. Boras, have you no decency?”

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Seamaholic
1 year 3 months ago

No one wants Nick Franklin, at least not for a real SP. M’s gonna have to hold onto him and hope.

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docmilo5
1 year 3 months ago

Well, truth be told most of the smarter guys have been saying for years that Franklin doesn’t have the range for SS. It’s probably true. He’s very good at 2nd base, but still has the occasional what the? gaff.
His bat is legit. I would like the M’s to send him to Tacoma and learn some OF. If they can’t trade him for his value, keep the bat in the system.
I wouldn’t say people don’t want him, it’s just the M’s are trying to sell him as a SS because it has more value than a 2nd baseman.

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Seamaholic
1 year 3 months ago

There are plenty of teams who need an upgrade at 2B. I just don’t think other teams value him nearly as high as the M’s (and especially M’s fans). No one’s going to trade a legit SP for him, or even a starting OF I’d guess. Sending him to AAA is a little risky: If he has a bad attitude about it he could really damage his value.

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Drew
1 year 3 months ago

They should hold onto Franklin. Let’s see him tear up AAA and maybe another team will have an injury, or we may have one of our own – then we’ll be glad we have Nick Franklin. If the offer isn’t there, which it appears it isn’t – the M’s should keep him.

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johnsilver
1 year 3 months ago

Like that is a problem? Franklin has MiLB options and is versatile all around the IF. Problem is he needs F/T ab’s and can’t get them as a utility player. M’s don’t get a suitable offer and he goes to Tacoma, not given away.

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Damon Bowman
1 year 3 months ago

The bigger problem is that Franklin has potential and the Mariners have been doing a poor job of developing their higher ceiling players to contribute at the Major League level. Granted, some kids are going to miss but look at the guys who have been ranked high and haven’t been able to make it and stick in Seattle or anywhere else in the majors in recent years: Aumont, Fields, Liddi, Montero, Francisco Martinez, Pimentel, Ruffin…the list goes on.

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Metsfan93
1 year 3 months ago

Yeah, clearly, the team with the need, the want and means to trade for an upgrade in Nick Franklin, and the want not to commit more than a year or two year, no opt-out, to Stephen Drew is failing as a legitimate spender. Or has Boras forgotten the Mets committed 2/20 to Bartolo Colon and 4/60 to Curtis Granderson, a year & 7.25 MM to Chris Young, and have locked up two of their core members for the long-term in Wright and Niese and may also need to do so with Murphy if he’s in their long-term plans? They’re not spending at 2005-2009 levels when they signed Castillo, Perez, Wagner, Beltran, Pedro, Reyes/Wright extensions, picked up Delgado, signed K-Rod, extended Johan, etc., but that was top-of-the-top spending. They’re spending like a team just getting over a pair of dead-weight contracts and finding the light at the end of the long tunnel that was Bernie Madoff- which, you know, the Mets are.

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icedrake523
1 year 3 months ago

Boras, I think the lack of interest is mutual for the Mets and Drew.