A friend of Stephen Drew called the Mets’ chances of getting Drew “very slim” as it becomes more obvious agent Scott Boras is willing to wait until after the season begins to sign his client, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
This is the first thing I’ve read that actually makes any sense regarding this situation.
While earlier reports had Scott Boras threatening to have Drew sit out until after the draft in June, all he has to do is wait until the season starts and then have Drew take a one-year deal instead.
Once Drew signs a deal after the new season begins, he can not be given a qualifying offer next offseason, which gives him a new shot at a multi-year deal without costing teams a pick in the draft.
The draft pick compensation undoubtedly had an adverse affect on Drew and eliminating that should help him get the kind of deal he’s been looking for.
Over the weekend, Sandy Alderson indicated that he will not add significantly to their 2014 payroll, so I don’t know if this would change anything for the Mets.
But given his 90-win mantra, it would be difficult for this front office to stand pat in the eyes of the fans especially if it’s just a one-year deal. Do you agree?
Meanwhile, Ruben Tejada remains sidelined with tightness in his left hamstring, so he’s yet to get enough at-bats to show management signs that he can have a productive season.
Also, despite Terry Collins insisting that he would give Wilmer Flores.
a long look at shortstop, that hasn’t happened. With Tejada out and the Mets playing a pair of split-squad games on Tuesday, Flores was penciled in at second base. It’s so difficult to read this team right now…