NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So New Year’s Day has come and gone, and it remains to be seen who the Mets’ starting shortstop will be for the 2014 campaign.
If the season started tomorrow, that position would be owned by Ruben Tejada. But the fourth-year player was miserable for New York in 2013, batting .202 with 10 RBIs and a .259 on-base percentage in 57 games. He also struggled in the field, committing eight errors.
So an upgrade is in order, but are the Mets willing to spend for free agent Stephen Drew?
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, general manager Sandy Alderson is still interested in the 2013 World Series champion. But he’s hesitant to offer more than one year, Martino reported. Drew is likely seeking a multiyear contract.
The Mets and the Red Sox have been the only two clubs linked to the 30-year-old in recent weeks.
Drew, who is represented by agent Scott Boras, declined Boston’s one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer in November. New York would have to surrender only its third-round pick if it signed Drew.
The veteran batted .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs for Boston in 124 games in 2013, hitting 29 doubles and posting a .333 on-base percentage.
On the first-base front, club insiders expect Ike Davis to be in spring training with the Mets, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
Davis has been the subject of trade rumors for months now, and according to Rubin, he could still be dealt to the Pirates or Brewers (or any club that needs a first baseman, for that matter).
Sources told ESPN.com that the strikeout-prone slugger would like to stay in Queens.
Davis took a major step back for New York in 2013. He was sent down to the minors in June and was recalled in early July. In 103 game at the major-league level he batted .205 with just nine home runs and 33 RBIs, striking out 101 times in 317 at-bats.
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