Stephen Drew free agency: Mets hesitant to offer multi-year deal

Rob Carr

The Mets like Drew, but a long-term deal seems unlikely.

The New York Mets remain interested in free agent Stephen Drew, but prefer not offer him more than a one-year deal, according to the New York Daily News' Andy Martino.

Drew's agent, Scott Boras, has reportedly contacted the team multiple times this winter about his 31-year-old client. The Mets see Drew as a improvement over Ruben Tejada, but prefer not to make a long-term commitment.

Th Red Sox extended the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to Drew in November. He declined in favor of the open market, tying himself to draft pick compensation in the process. The loss of a pick isn't likely to be a major hurdle for the Mets since they have already surrendered their second-round pick by signing outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Drew posted a .253/.333/.443 batting line in 501 plate appearances with the Sox last season, and is considered one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. However, his injury history and modest postseason performance have limited his opportunities for a multi-year deal.

If the Mets decide not offer more longevity, Drew could be settling in for a prolonged free agency. Boras doesn't have a reputation for rushing into deals for clients with stale markets. Last winter, teams were hesitant to give up a first-rounder for Kyle Lohse, but eventually, he became too tempting to pass on for the Brewers and they signed him in late March to a three-year, $33 million deal.

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