“I said it was unlikely that we would sign another major free agent,” Alderson said. “I think that’s still the case.”
If the price is right, the Mets could have a new shortstop this season. The problem is the price hasn’t been right for some time now. So, at least for the time being, get used to the idea of Ruben Tejada.
The Mets have made an offer to free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, WFAN host Mike Francesa said on the air on Tuesday.
If the Yankees sign Drew, he won’t start at shortstop — Jeter certainly isn’t moving positions. The 30-year-old could move over to third base — or even second — though he’s only played shortstop in his eight-year career.
The Yankees have $22 million extra to spend, which comes at the right time for the Bombers — as they’re targeting Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees have to be thrilled that they won’t have to deal with the distraction that would have come with Alex Rodriguez every waking second of next season. And, oh yeah, they just got an additional $25 million to play with, too.
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.
I don’t want to hear the argument that the Mets already have three first basemen. Yes — Davis, Duda and Satin are all on the roster. The only problem is that none of them are very good.
Looking at the current market and the cost it takes to acquire available shortstops via free agency or trade — it may have been best for Sandy Alderson and the Mets to retain Reyes.
According to a report, the Yankees have Carlos Beltran tunnel vision right now. With catcher Brian McCann in the fold, the Bombers have put the full-court press on the veteran outfielder.
On a day when the mettle of the Mets fan was tested by one discouraging story after another, there was a ray of hope on Wednesday evening.
The warnings of a possible spending free-for-all started coming last week and now the Yankees are fully engaged with the agents for several of the top free agents on the market, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday.
As far as free agents go, Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta are the cream of the shortstop crop, but they will be in heavy demand and will likely command top dollar. A cheaper option is 36-year-old Rafael Furcal.
The Yankees need hard-working, healthy bodies; players who can get on base, field their positions and run the bases. That’s what it will take to get this team back in contention, along with help on the pitching front.
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