Updated January 10, 2014…Still no word on the Drew front. The Mets have said publicly that they are prepared to go into the season with Ruben Tejada as their shortstop, but as time progresses the idea of bringing in Stephen Drew becomes more of a possibility. The market is small and therefore his demands must shrink as well. The Mets may just be able to get him for 1 year at 10 million with an option, as they can gaurantee him playing time as the starting shortstop, which he wouldn’t be if he resigned in Boston.
In another 28 hours 2014 will be upon us. At the moment, the New York Mets are still in contact with Scott Boras about free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Word is the Mets approach is similar to that of last years toward Michael Bourne who eventually signed with the Cleveland Indians. Either New York is being smart and wearing their poker face as evidenced in their new stance on Ruben Tejada. J.P. Ricciardi and the Mets brass appear satisfied
in staying pat going into the new season with Tejada as their opening day shortstop. I think the Mets should seriously, look to pounce on signing Drew and have Tejada as a backup. For one, he gives the Mets a little more pop in the lineup and secondly any commitment to him will be short term. Granted he has been injured often the past 2-1/2 seasons, but when healthy is a substantial upgrade in the lineup over Tejada and would do well at a home field such as Citi.
If Boston only offers one year, the Mets wont be bogged down and strapped with a long term contract if they offer 2. If I thought they were looking for an upgrade at SS via a trade that would be fine. Any of the young prospect shortstops in Arizona will cost the Mets young arms and they have only had interest in getting a young pitcher back for Ike Davis and rumors have cooled on Daniel Murphy being offered. I think depending on the lineup, sliding Drew ahead of D’arnaud either 6th or 7th gives the Mets another dimension and if they want to be taken seriously in their division, can not go into the season without the upgrade.
The Winter Meetings concluded this morning and the New York Mets departed with a power-hitting outfielder and a bloated 40 year old starting pitcher. The Granderson signing for 4 years for 60 million made sense to me as it killed two birds with one stone, addressing the need for a proven major league outfielder and protection in the lineup for David Wright. Granderson will be 33 early next season and although he had suffered two freak injuries during at bats last season limiting his season substantially, he has been a healthy productive player.
Bartolo Colon the 5′-11″ ace from the Oakland A’s last year was 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and that was enough to convince the previous Madoff-poor Mets to fork over 20 million for a 2 year commitment. In 2012 Colon served a 50 game suspension for testosterone….Maybe, he’s just that much of a man that ellevated numbers showed up? His cholesterol numbers were probably elevated as well, but i guess thats neither here nor there. Anyway, his signing was in hopes they can squeeze at least one good year from him in the abcense of Matt Harvey this season recouping from Tommy John surgery. Maybe he throws 200 innings this year, if he doesnt have a coronary running to first base on sac bunts. He will be 41 next season but facing light hitting number 8 & 9 hitters every 5th day may assist in another solid season.
There is more work to be done. How much gets done for the 2014 season, we dont know. These signings along with Chris Young has atleast shown the fanbase that things are better financially for the organization, with commiting an additional 30.25 million next year alone. They didnt receive much trade interest for Daniel Murphy and are trying to move Ike Davis for another arm. They seem to be cooling on getting Stephen Drew, which I thought they would have commited the Colon money plus another 3 million per season to Drew for 3 years. That would have impressed me. But, maybe theyre not done with surprises.