NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Mets have made an offer to free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, WFAN host Mike Francesa said on the air on Tuesday.
According to Francesa, the shortstop and the club are negotiating the length of the deal.
“It’s number of years, they’ve already made him an offer,” Francesa said. “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.
“They’re fighting over years. I think they’re gonna sign Drew, I think they’re gonna sign him. I really do.”
Drew was regarded by many to be the best free-agent shortstop on the market when the offseason began.
On Monday, ESPN.com reported that the Red Sox made Drew a two-year offer.
As it currently stands, Ruben Tejada is penciled in as the Mets’ starting shortstop. Tejada had a terrible season for New York in 2013, batting .202 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 208 at-bats, posting a .259 on-base percentage.
The fourth-year player also struggled in the field, committing eight errors in 55 games played.
New York has spent $87.25 million on three players this offseason — outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young and starting pitcher Bartolo Colon. General manager Sandy Alderson has also signed six players — Kyle Farnsworth, Jeremy Hefner, John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Omar Quintanilla and Taylor Teagarden — to minor-league deals.
Drew declined a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from Boston in November.
In 124 games for the Red Sox in 2013, the 30-year-old batted .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs. He posted a .333 on-base percentage and ripped 29 doubles.
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