Showing posts with label Stephen Drew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stephen Drew. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: No Drew, But Mets Look at other Trade Options at Shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets who watched Stephen Drew land in Boston again, did not want to shell out the money for his services nor give up another draft pick in the upcoming amateur draft.

The Mets can stay with the plan of keeping Ruben Tejada/Wilmer Flores at shortstop this season and look to sign a shortstop in off-season. The 2015 free agent class features prominent names such as Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie, but Martino points out that the team would rather go in the trade direction for a young controllable shortstop instead.

The Mets have been linked in the off-season with the Mariners about Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, but sources say talks have not been active of late.

The other option includes Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has been playing in Triple-A. Gregorius is batting .303 with a .390 OBP for Reno... The Mets are continually monitoring him, but the front office shakeup in Arizona makes trading with them a bit confusing at this time. Martino writes that other teams at this point aren't even sure whether to contact GM Kevin Towers or new Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa regarding trades, who Mets GM Sandy Alderson has a good relationship with both.

The Mets will have to depart with one of their young pitching prospects on the rise. Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom could become valuable trade chips down the road. The Diamondbacks who asked the Mets for Pitching Prospect Noah Syndergaard and Catching Prospect Kevin Plawecki for Gregorius, but the Mets rebuffed at the demand.

The Mets rotation in 2015 will be crowded, They will have mended Matt Harvey back and also have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and also Noah Syndergaard, who is scheduled to make his 2014 debut late this summer. So they have young arms to trade to obtain a quality shortstop, just a matter of which one makes sense for the organization..

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MLB News: SS Stephen Drew signs with Red Sox


MLB News:


After a prolonged holdout, Stephen Drew has re-signed with the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports.

Mets officials recently told ESPN that they had no intention of signing Drew until at least after June 5 when they would not need to forfeit a draft pick.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets unhappy with SS Ruben Tejada? Drew, Franklin Possibilities?


Mets Rumors:


Despite the opportunity, Ruben Tejada hasn't exactly locked up the shortstop spot in Queens. Tejada still isn't working out for the Mets.

Even though Tejada attended an offseason strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, Mets management has not been overwhelmed by the shortstop's "new" body. "He looks pretty much the same," one source told The Post on Monday.

Frustrated with Tejada, the Mets still have a strong interest in signing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, two sources have told The Post.

They also have shown interest in Seattle's Nick Franklin...Who is out of a position because of the signing of Robinson Cano.

The Mets are still waiting for their price on Drew. They also can trade for Franklin who might demand a pitching prospect.. Their choice...

LGM!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mets Rumors: SS Stephen Drew turned down $9.5 Million from Mets?


Mets Rumors:


SS Stephen Drew is still without a job and apparently turned down a one year, $9.5 million dollar from the New York Mets at some point, according to SI.com.
"The Mets suggested a salary close to the range of the $9.5 million Drew made last year, an unusual no-raise try that had little chance in free agency. It’s no wonder then that GM Sandy Alderson has termed a Drew signing “unlikely,” but the Mets would appear to have about the greatest need."
Drew could eventually end up with the Mets given their questionable issues at shortstop, but he’s losing his bargaining power.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets Play Waiting Game with Boras for SS Stephen Drew


Mets Rumors:


The Mets are playing the waiting game with Super Dick Agent Scott Boras, who can't find a taker at his price for SS Stephen Drew..

Sandy Alderson has publicly now said that he is not going to pay $10 Million to one player before Spring Training. First he made comments on Mike Francesa's show on WFAN a couple of days ago, and also verified on Matthew Cerrone's Metsblog.com.

So.... Mets Fans... This means the Mets will not go after SS Stephen Drew for that price. The Mets are waiting on how desperately SS Stephen Drew wants to sign with players about to report in spring soon. The Mets of course, also want a discount.

Drew also has the Red Sox in the wings with some interest, who seem they don't have a dire need to sign him.. With SS Xander Bogaerts ready to take over the position..  They are also waiting for the Drew market to satisfy them.. The Draft pick could be a factor here.. Do the Mets want to give up the third round pick for him?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Mets Rumors: Agent Scott Boras wants opt-out clause after one year for Stephen Drew


Mets Rumors:


Super Agent Scott Boras wants an opt-out clause for Stephen Drew after Year 1 of a multiyear deal, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

The Mets are considering a two or even three-year deal for Drew, although there still appears a question of how much Drew is worth over incumbent Ruben Tejada.

As for the opt-out, that's a deal-breaker for the Mets. That's because Drew could again enter free agency after a good season in 2014. And with a poor season he would be locked in to one or two more seasons guaranteed placing all of the risk on the team side.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets make offer to SS Stephen Drew?


Mets Rumors: 


WFAN host Mike Francesa said on his show this afternoon that the Mets have made an offer to free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Francesa says that the sides are negotiating over years now, so it’s obviously not done, but there is an offer on the table. Earlier this winter the Mets were said to be averse to anything beyond two years for Drew.

This comes less than a week after Sandy Alderson said that the Mets were “unlikely” to sign Drew. Though, really, he would be a fantastic upgrade for them. Drew hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 124 games.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets Cooled on SS Stephen Drew


Mets Rumors:


With two and a half weeks before pitchers and catchers officially report to Spring Training, there's a reasonable chance the Mets are done handing out big league contracts.

General manager Sandy Alderson reiterated that his team is "unlikely" to sign Stephen Drew, despite the shortstop's perceived lack of suitors on the free-agent market.

Alderson also said that in the wake of reliever Grant Balfour choosing the Rays over the Mets, he is considering limiting the team's bullpen additions to Minor League deals.

Given all that, it is conceivable the Mets will finish this winter having added only three players on guaranteed contracts. Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, and OF Chris Young...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets expected to go with Ruben Tejada at Shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets have been rumored to be involved in talks for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but now it seems that will not be an option for the team.

The team has also explored trade options to replace Ruben Tejada, but that also remains a mute point.

"The same three alternatives exist: sign a free agent, make a trade or go with what we have, subject to probably bringing in a backup to Tejada," Alderson said. "I'd say right now, it's probably more likely that we will go with Option C, which is Ruben at shortstop with the addition of a backup."

The team is expected to try and sign a backup shortstop and right now the possibilities are a short list on the open market. They include Ronny Cedeno, a former Met; Cesar Izturis, whom the Mets discussed at the Winter Meetings; and Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla, whom the Mets non-tendered earlier this winter.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Do Mets Make Big Splash by Spring Training? or Stand Pat with minor improvement?


Would be Big Addition!
The question remains, Do the Mets make big moves in the next couple of weeks under the Wilpon Micro Radar before spring training starts?

Like Can the Mets get SS Stephen Drew for one year? or Will they stay with Ruben Tejada?

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY , Mets' team officials are divided about Drew's value. They would likely consider a one or two-year deal, but nothing more. The feeling is that if Drew is open to taking a short-term deal, he would return to the Red Sox rather than join a new team. Boston is said to have interest in re-signing him but don't appear to be in a rush to get it done. Apparently Lately, Stephen Drew's medicals have not been good, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, But other reports say he is healthy. I Think One Year Deal Only for him, but probably will go back to Red Sox..

Can the Mets find a taker for Ike Davis?

According to SNY's Mets Hot Stove it's down to the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles with the Brewers and Orioles in more of the fold. The Mets are holding out for the prospect player or package that will desire them the most. The Mets want young Top Five Pitching Prospects and nobody has flinched. My Guess, Ike will be in spring mix and let them battle it out. It will also showcase Ike and make doubters, believers... According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Ike Davis does not want to start in the season in NY.

Brewers GM Bob Melvin said he had conversations with Sandy Alderson on MLB.com about first baseman Ike Davis as far back as the General Managers Meetings in November, and met several times at the Winter Meetings a month later. The Mets' price is high -- they asked the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg, and the Orioles for top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and the Pirates Nick Kingham. The Brewers would rather trade a position player, perhaps from a stable of outfielders that remains reasonably deep, even with Aoki's departure.

Melvin declined to say whether the Mets' asking price for Davis, who was demoted to Triple-A at one point last season, was higher than expected. 
"I don't ever get into that," Melvin said. "Everybody makes the deal that they feel is the best deal for them. I don't ever consider whether asking prices are too high on [trades] or not, because you don't know until after the deal and you've seen players perform.
 "I think we've pretty well stood by -- the one thing we've done is we do not want to give up pitching."

So we will see how this all plays out... Maybe mystery team jumps in this Spring?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets will only go one year on SS Stephen Drew


Mets Rumors:


In a report from Andy Martino of the Ny Daily News, the Mets will only go one year on a contract for SS Stephen Drew.

The thought process of the Mets is they do not want to commit more than one year because the shortstop market will have a numerous amounts of free agents in 2015 that they could upgrade at that position. Some available next winter would include Asdrubal Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, Jed Lowrie and Hanley Ramirez..

Drew's agent Scott Boras wants the Mets to get in a bidding war with the Boston Red Sox, but the Mets are not biting.

The Mets will only sign Drew on their terms and according to reports, if the Mets do acquire him they would not have to shed payroll to keep him on the roster.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mets Rumors: No Stephen Drew, Mets Going with Ruben Tejada?


Mets Rumors:


According to a interview with Mets Special Assistant J.P. Ricciardi on WEEI Thursday Night, the Mets are more likely to stay with SS Ruben Tejada instead of exploring either Stephen Drew or any other shortstop possibility out there.

“I think we are,” said Ricciardi when asked if the Mets were happy with heading into 2014 with the 24-year-old Tejada. €œ

He’€™s a young player. A lot of young players who get to play at the big league level early in their career, a lot of them don’€™t realize how hard it is to play every day. A lot of them don’€™t realize what it takes to play every day. I think in Ruben’€™s case, he got a lot early in his career and I think he’€™s starting to realize that he has to work a lot harder than he has in the past, and he has.

To his credit, he really has. But as a young player, they get to the big leagues, some things happen for them and they forget how tough it is to stay there. I think he’€™s at that stage in his career. I think next year he’€™s going to be a better player than he was this previous year.”


“Sometimes there’€™s just supply and demand and I think right now there’€™s just not a lot of demand for shortstops,”€ the former Blue Jays general manager said. “€œIt’€™s funny how it works. Sometimes there’€™s a lot of opportunities for free agents, but sometimes the market is a little bit of a stonewall. I think in this case there’€™s a lot of shortstops that are already in place.”

Friday, December 27, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets may have a shot signing SS Stephen Drew, but the Red Sox will have first shot..


Mets Rumors:


The Mets still hold some interest in acquiring free agent SS Stephen Drew. The problem remains that they only want to one or two years for him, while agent Scott Boras wants his client to get at least three years, maybe four.

The Mets do not want to go the extra mile because not only would it be a monetary commitment, but they would also have to surrender another draft pick that they do not want to do.

Remember Mets fans, the Mets have gave up their second round pick to the Yankees for Curtis Granderson, so losing another pick might hurt them in this years amateur draft (especially in the top ten picks).

The Red Sox have the best shot at reacquiring Drew because it would not cost them a draft pick (he played for them) and it would also give them some type of leverage in talks..

So in the end, the Mets will wait just like they did for OF Michael Bourn last year and hope his demands drop... Hoping they can swoop in for the kill, LOL..

Looks like the Mets will have to give SS Ruben Tejada another shot at the position and make it his job to lose. The Mets are likely to get a veteran backup to insure Tejada.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mets Rumors: Agent Scott Boras Shopping 1B Kendrys Morales and SS Stephen Drew to Mets, Mets ain't biting


Mets Rumors:


Super Agent Scott Boras is working to sell the Mets on two notable free agent clients, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

Both players are facing uncertain markets at this stage of the off-season with many left scratching their heads over where Morales could land.

For their part, the Mets appear to have little or no interest in Morales and plan to go with Lucas Duda at first base if they move Ike Davis. Lucas Duda has also seen his name pop up in trade rumors, but not with the same frequency of Davis and their recent preference has been leaning towards rolling with Duda and dealing Davis. It seems unlikely that the cost-conscious Mets would scrap that plan to relegate Duda to the bench so that they can pay significant money for Morales.

The Mets and agent Scott Boras have discussed parameters but no firm numbers for Stephen Drew and right now, it looks like GM Sandy Alderson is sticking with Ruben Tejada. The road, for now, is still leading back to the Red Sox.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets still interested in acquiring a shortstop, but have backup plans too


Mets Rumors:


The New York Mets still have interest in SS Stephen Drew, but from multiple sources... But so do the the Red Sox.

Drew is looking for a 3 or 4 year deal which the Mets don't want to commit to. The Mets will go two years , but not three or four. Plus, the Mets do not want to part with another draft pick like they did when they signed Curtis Granderson.

So Far, the Mets have said they might be content having to enter the 2014 season with Ruben Tejada if they do upgrade at this point.

The Mets have been looking for middle infielders to backup the ones they already have. There has been mention that the Mets talked to agent for INF Cesar Izturis and they have contacted the Mariners to see if 2B/IF Dustin Ackley is available via trade.

The Indians are listening to offers for SS Asdrubal Cabrera, but the Mets are not interested. The Mets and D-Backs met Monday, but did not find any common ground. Arizona reportedly has a surplus of young shortstops.
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