MMO Mailbag: Is Aledmys Diaz Holding Up Free Agent Shortstop Market?

An article by posted on February 13, 2014 0 Comments

Kevin F. asks…

I have a question, do you think the Mets are waiting for Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz to be available next week before deciding on signing Stephen Drew. Thanks look forward to your opinion.

Danny asks…

Is it possible that there are other unreported teams holding up a Drew signing and will the Yankees now jump into the pool after yesterday’s announcement from Jeter?

Joe D. replies…

aledmys diaz

Thanks for the questions.

The latest news on Aledmys Diaz according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN is that the Cuban shortstop will be holding his showcase today and will be seeking a quick signing.

Diaz, 23, will be eligible to sign with any team after Feb. 19, when his punishment for age falsification comes to an end.

The Twins, Yankees, Dodgers, Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Orioles, Blue Jays, Rays and Red Sox have all shown an interest in Diaz. There has been little to no buzz surrounding Diaz and the Mets.

Diaz could be the holdup in the Drew sweepstakes, but I’m not so sure it will affect his market either way.

Scouts love his offensive potential, but few see him as a shortstop in the majors and he may need a stint in the minors before becoming major league ready.

As for the Yankees jumping in on Drew now. Why? Derek Jeter didn’t retire effective immediately.

Do you think the Yankees will bump him from shortstop for Drew as the future Hall of Famer makes his farewell tour?

Barring injuries, that’s never going to happen.

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