Report: Red Sox still more likely landing spot for Stephen Drew than Mets

Rob Bradford
January 05, 2014 - 9:34 am

According to an report, Mets officials are split on the merits of signing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. One source states in the report that Drew is more of a "possibility" for New York rather than a "probability." (To read article, click here.) The article goes on to suggest the Mets are wary of agent Scott Boras using New York's interest to maximize the offer from the Red Sox. It is believed the Mets would be interested in talking to Drew about a one- or two-year deal at a manageable dollar figure, but would be hesitant to go three years or beyond. Because the Mets' first-round draft pick is protected, and they have already surrendered their second-round pick after signing free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson, New York would only need to give up a third-round pick in order to ink Drew. The Red Sox' approach toward Drew throughout the offseason was to wait for the shortstop to find a market before actively pursuing a deal for the 30-year-old. Appearing on The Hot Stove Show, Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi said his team would be comfortable going to spring training with Ruben Tejada as its starting shortstop. (To read Ricciardi's comments, click here.)