Anthony DiComo is reporting that in a telephone interview Tuesday evening, 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.
“We haven’t ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely,” Alderson said.
“I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities. We continue to monitor his situation. We’re looking at other free agents that are still available and trying to judge their status, and how they might fit with us. I know there’s been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that’s what it remains — speculation.”
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Team officials refused to comment one way or another about Drew, but league sources familiar with the Yanks’ plans have picked up a strong sense that the club won’t pursue the free agent and it appears that, despite holes in the infield and bullpen, the Yanks really have completed most of their winter work.
Drew remains a possibility for the Mets, but the team has shown little urgency there, preferring to sign the 30-year-old to a one-year deal, writes Martino. The Red Sox have some interest in a reunion, but would also limit the length of any deal to a year or two. Oakland and Minnesota have surfaced as other possibilities writes Martino.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports appeared on MLB Network last night, and Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors caught this update on Drew:
The Blue Jays are “in the mix” for shortstop Stephen Drew, presumably viewing him as a second base option.
Nevertheless, the Red Sox remain the favorites to land him, as they prefer to play Xander Bogaerts at third and appear willing to give Drew multiple years. Boston could dangle an opt-out clause of some kind to sweeten things for Drew.
It looks like this may be drawing to a close….