New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s recent claim that his club is “unlikely” to sign Stephen Drew has done little to suppress the rumors.
The Mets still are considered a potential landing spot for Drew, and WFAN’s Mike Francesa said Tuesday that New York has made an offer to the free-agent shortstop. According to Francesa, Drew and the Mets are negotiating over the length of a deal.
“It’s number of years, they’ve already made him an offer,” Francesa said on-air Tuesday. “It’s the number of years. They’re fighting over the number of years. I know they have made him an offer … It’s not the money. It doesn’t matter if they did a refinance or not. They already offered him the money. It’s a questions of years. They already made him an offer.”
Francesa’s report should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s certainly reasonable. The number of years seemingly has been a roadblock all offseason for interested teams, especially the Boston Red Sox, who have young infielders Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks ready to assume starting roles if the 30-year-old signs elsewhere. ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden reported Monday that the Red Sox offered Drew a two-year contract, although the exact details of Boston’s proposal are unclear.
We might not be nearing a Drew resolution any time soon, but things certainly are heating up a bit with spring training inching closer.